Cricket – Root praises Buttler recall


Captain Joe Root is delighted to see Jos Buttler win a recall to the England Test squad for the upcoming series against Pakistan this summer.

Root spoke out after new national selector Ed Smith made the decision to bring the 27-year-old back into the fold on the back of his fine batting performances in the Indian Premier League for Rajasthan Royals.
Buttler has not played for England since December 2016, but he has an average of just over 30 from his 18 Test outings and Root is in no doubt that he can have a big impact on the side when batting at number seven.
Root, whose England side are 4/9 with Bet365 to win the first Test at Lord’s from next Thursday, told BT Sport: “I think Jos is a fantastic player. He has done some great stuff in the recent past in the IPL and in the one-day team and he brings a different dynamic to the team moving forward in that number seven role.”