Buttler to return to England squad ahead of fifth Test

Jos Buttler to return to England squad ahead of fifth Test against India after birth of second child – with potential selections issues ahead given Jonny Bairstow and Ollie Pope’s form

  • Jos Buttler is set to return to the England squad ahead of fifth Test versus India
  • Buttler missed the current Test to be at home for the birth of his second child 
  • He may not make the first XI given Jonny Bairstow and Ollie Pope’s form 

Jos Buttler is set to return to the England squad for this week’s fifth Test in Manchester following the birth of his second child, Margot.

Buttler missed the Oval Test to be with his wife, Louise, leaving the gloves with Jonny Bairstow and prompting speculation that his England future would consist of white-ball cricket.

But his daughter’s arrival on Thursday morning potentially hands England a selection headache.

Jos Buttler is set to return to the England squad for the fifth Test against India in Manchester

In Buttler’s absence Ollie Pope returned and hit 81, his highest Test score for 18 innings. Bairstow is back where he feels he belongs: behind the stumps and batting at No 6.

The other possibility is that Buttler does not make the final XI, having averaged just 14 in the first three Tests against India, with a top score of 25.

Pace bowler Saqib Mahmood could be an injury doubt for the fifth Test after pulling up with an apparent side strain playing for Lancashire.

Buttler may not make the team as Jonny Bairstow is performing well behind the stumps




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