England have been forced into batting order reshuffle as newcomer proves to be a Duckett out of water.England Team Well Prep eared for third Test.
Jos Buttler will return to the england cricket crew for his first test in thirteen months and will play in opposition to India this weekend in area of Ben Duckett.
England captain Alastair Cook prepare dinner confirmed the lots-anticipated selection to deliver Buttler returned in Mohali – as a specialist batsman handiest, with Jonny Bairstow persevering with as wicketkeeper –
England captain Alastair Cook confirmed the much-anticipated decision to bring Buttler back in Mohali – as a specialist batsman only, with Jonny Bairstow continuing as wicketkeeper – and give the out-of-form Duckett a break.
Cook said at his pre-match press conference: “I can tell you that Jos is coming in to play, and Ben misses out.”Buttler will bat at number seven, with Bairstow promoted up the order to five.
As part of the same necessary reshuffle, Moeen Ali will move again – this time up one place from number five to Duckett’s position at four.
It will mean that Moeen will have batted in every position from opener through to No.9 – except at first drop – in 34 Test matches.
England have confirmed that Jos Buttler and Chris Woakes will return to the side for the third Test against India starting in Mohali on Saturday. Buttler comes in for Ben Duckett, who has been dropped, while Woakes replaces the injured Stuart Broad.
“Stuart is definitely out,” Alastair Cook, England’s captain, said. “And Chris Woakes is definitely in.”
Cook also confirmed that Zafar Ansari was not fit for selection but delayed naming a full side until he had taken the chance to inspect the pitch and decide whether a third spinner or fourth seamer would be more appropriate. On a dry, shaved surface though, it looks likely that Gareth Batty, the offspinner, will come into the side in place of Ansari.
Moeen Ali is to be promoted to No. 4 in the batting order and Jonny Bairstow to No. 5. Buttler will bat at No. 7. That means Moeen will have batted at every position in the top nine for England in Test cricket except at No. 3, which is where he bats for Worcestershire.
For Buttler it will be just his second first-class match since being dropped from the Test side against Pakistan in the UAE last year. He played once for Lancashire towards the end of 2016 season, having had plans to play Championship cricket earlier in the summer ended by a broken thumb.
“Jos is an extremely talented cricketer and we’ve all seen that in the one-day and Twenty20 format,” Cook said. “He’s right up there with the best short-form players in the world and he’s earned an opportunity to come and play here.
“It’s clearly not ideal because of circumstances and he hasn’t played a lot of red-ball cricket but sometimes when the pressure’s off and you just go out and play you can do something special.
Cook also said that using Buttler as wicketkeeper, and Bairstow as a specialist batsman after what has been a prolific year, was not discussed. “There was no temptation to give Jos the gloves back,” he said. “I think Jonny’s been outstanding and has settled in that role and done very well.
“But he had a glint in his eye when I said we’d like you to move up to five. It gives him more chance to bat. He bats at five and keeps at Yorkshire so he’s used to that role.”
Virat Kohli, the India captain, said he was surprised it had taken so long for England to bring Buttler back. “I was actually quite surprised to see him being left out after a couple of bad runs. I think he’s a very talented player and can do really well for England.”