Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

England announces 12-man squad for first test match against Pakistan

England announces 12-man squad for first test match against Pakistan

He has not played Test cricket since England's Test against India in Chennai in December 2016.

Bess replaces Somerset team-mate and left-arm spinner Jack Leach, who broke a thumb on Monday.

"Jos Buttler is an outstanding talent, who is already a central part of England's white ball teams", said Smith.

And there was no place for Moeen in the 12-man squad for the upcoming two-match series against Pakistan, which was released on Tuesday. With Jack Leach missing out due to injury, the selection panel wanted to invest opportunity in a young spin bowler.

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England play Pakistan in two Tests, with the first match starting at Lord's on Thursday next week.

"The message to Jos from everyone around the table was to play his way, to play with the confidence and the flair that he's capable of batting with and the skill and the decision making". Nor has Buttler's Test career, now standing at 18 matches with an average of 31.36, yet reached the same heights as his limited-overs exploits where is regarded as one of the best players in the world.

While Bess has received an England call after just 16 first-class appearances, Buttler is back in the frame for a 19th cap after a break of nearly 18 months but on the back of his brilliant Indian Premier League form.

Bess has only one wicket to his name this season but has a good record from his 16 first-class matches, with 63 wickets at 22.49, and has impressed for the Lions.

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'Dom's strong form, character and all-round abilities presented a compelling case for selection'. However, he did fare a lot better against New Zealand. Despite that, the selectors have made a decision to stick with him, at least for now, despite an average of just 30.17 from ten Test matches.

Buttler is set to bat at seven, with captain Joe Root moving up to three to replace the dropped James Vince while Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow and Ben Stokes will comprise the middle order.

England have struggled for runs in recent months, failing to win a single Test in seven attempts over the winter.

Meanwhile, batsman Dawid Malan, who was one of the few England batsmen to enjoy some success during the Ashes, and pace bowler Tom Curran, who has shown encouraging signs in limited overs cricket, have been awarded incremental contracts.

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