IND vs ENG Series – Jos Butler to return: England batsman Jose Buttler is all set to return to the England squad ahead of the fifth Test at Old Trafford, Manchester. The development comes following the birth of the cricketer’s second child, reported DailyMail. He had missed the Kennington Oval Test to spend time with his wife Louise for the important occasion. The move allowed in-form Jonny Bairstow to take over wicket-keeping duties in the fourth Test.
Buttler’s arrival is likely to cause a selection headache for England. In his absence, Ollie Pope pounced on the opportunity and stamped his mark with 81 runs in the first innings. In his absence, Sam Billings was drafted into the squad for the Oval Test.
“Jonny Bairstow will take over wicketkeeping duties, which he is relishing. As we all know, he has the skills to seamlessly take over from Jos and the ability to score crucial runs in the middle-order if called upon. Sam Billings, who was in the Test squad for the New Zealand series earlier this summer, returns as reserve keeper,” ESPNcricinfo had quoted Silverwood as saying last week.
IND vs ENG Series: Great news for England, Jos Buttler set to return for fifth Test in series decider Old Trafford test
IND vs ENG Series – Jos Butler to return: The right-handed batsman could miss out on playing XI following his poor batting average of 14 in first three Tests, with a top score of 25 runs. However, England captain Joe Root had insisted that Jos Buttler’s test career is not over despite missing the fourth test. “I don’t see this being the end of Jos’ Test career at all,” Root had told ESPNCricinfo.
“I think he loves the Test game and he’s a big part of our team. As far as I’m concerned I hope it’s a really memorable week for him and it will be great whenever he is available to play again,” he added.
IND vs ENG Series – Jos Butler to return: Meanwhile, pacer Saqib Mahmood is reportedly injured ahead of the fifth Test. Mahmood who is yet to play a match in the series is having a side strain while representing Lancashire against Nottinghamshire in English county.
England Cricket Team management is likely to take a final call on him after the ongoing 4th test. The fifth and final Test will be played at Old Trafford, Manchester from September 10 to 14.
England Playing XI: Big selection headache for England, Jos Buttler set to return ahead of fifth Test at Old Trafford – Report
For more sports news and Ind vs Eng LIVE updates, follow us at insidesport.co