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England name squad for first Test against Pakistan

16 May 2018, 03:44 | Charlene Valdez

England name squad for first Test against Pakistan

Smith is confident Buttler`s recent good form in the Indian Premier League can be carried into the Test arena. AFP

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

Bess' name joined that of the recalled Jos Buttler among the 12 in new national selector Smith's eye-catching first squad.

Buttler, who is now impressing for Rajasthan Royals at the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL), is expected to play as a specialist batsman at number seven.

Somerset spinner Dom Bess has been included in the squad for the first time.

Jos Buttler averages 31.36 in 18 Tests for England since making his debut in 2014England v Pakistan, first TestDate: 24-28 May Time: 11:00 BST Venue: Lord'sCoverage: Ball-by-ball Test Match Special commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, Radio 4 LW and the BBC Sport website.

Buttler is now set to play as a specialist number seven batsman in an England order where captain Joe Root will move up to three and Bairstow five against a Pakistan side who beat Test newcomers Ireland by five wickets at Malahide on Monday.

Afterwards, he spared a thought for his county team-mate - who made an encouraging debut himself in the last Test of England's winless winter, against New Zealand in Christchurch. "Jos is playing with great confidence and flair, and he will bring unique qualities to the Test team", national selector Ed Smith was quoted as saying by the European Central Bank.

Smith said: 'With Jack Leach missing out through injury, the selection panel wanted to invest opportunity in a young spin bowler.

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.

"Dom's strong form, character and all-round abilities presented a compelling case for selection", Smith said. However, he did fare a lot better against New Zealand. "As a player you feel really happy when selected to play the Test matches", said skipper Rahane after RR's defeat to KKR on Tuesday.

England have awarded incremental contracts to Surrey's Tom Curran and Middlesex's Dawid Malan for their performances during the 2017-18 contract year.

But he also repeatedly got out when well-set and the 40-year-old Smith, who played three Tests for England in 2003, remains among those yet to be convinced by Vince.

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