Tuesday 22 July 2014 

Jos Buttler Replaces Prior For England

Jos Buttler and Matt Prior
Jos Buttler (left) replaces Matt Prior in England's Test squad to play India
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England have included uncapped wicket-keeper Jos Buttler in a 13-man squad for the third Test against India, which begins in Southampton on 27th July.

Buttler coming in to replace Matt Prior, who will miss the rest of the summer due to injury, is the only change to the squad that was named for the second Test at Lord's.

India lead the five-match series 1-0 after a draw at Trent Bridge and a 95-run win at the home of cricket.

Despite not being capped at Test level, Buttler is no stranger to international cricket with 33 One-Day Internationals and 36 Twenty20 Internationals behind him.

He was also called up as last-minute injury cover for Prior at Trent Bridge.

"The result of the second Investec Test at Lord’s was very disappointing," England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) National Selector James Whitaker said.

"One or two of our players had encouraging performances however it is vital that the squad learns quickly and arrives in Southampton this week refreshed and ready to perform well in what will no doubt be another tough Test match.

"Congratulations to Jos Buttler who comes into the squad following some very exciting limited overs performances for England and a good record with Lancashire this season and fully deserves this opportunity. 

"Matt Prior has contributed a huge amount to the England side over the years and should be proud of his record throughout his 79 Tests.

"He has decided to take time out of the game to work on his fitness and we will continue to follow his progress over the coming months."

England Test squad: Alastair Cook (captain), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Gary Ballance, Ian Bell, Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler, Chris Jordan, Liam Plunkett, Sam Robson, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes

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Fixtures & Results

9th-13th July: 1st Test, Trent Bridge, Nottingham
India 457 & 391-9 dec. (Binny 78) drew with
England 496 (Root 154no, Anderson 81)
17th-21st July: 2nd Test, Lord's, London
India 295 & 342 (Vijay 95, Jadeja 68) beat
England 319 & 223 (Sharma 7-74) by 95 runs
27th-31st July: 3rd Test, The Ageas Bowl, Southampton
England 569-7 dec. & 205-4 dec. beat
India 330 & 178 (Ali 6-67) by 266 runs
7th-11th August: 4th Test, Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester
England 367 (Root 77, Buttler 70) beat
India 152 & 166 by an innings & 54 runs
15th-19th August: 5th Test, The Kia Oval, London
England 486 (Root 149no, Cook 79) beat
India 148 & 94 by an innings & 244 runs
25th August: 1st ODI, Bristol
Match abandoned without a ball being bowled due to rain
27th August: 2nd ODI, SWALEC Stadium, Cardiff
India 304-6 (Raina 100, Woakes 4-52) beat
England 161 (Jadeja 4-28) by 133 runs (D/L)
30th August: 3rd ODI, Trent Bridge, Nottingham
India 228-4 (Rayudu 64no) beat
England 227 (Cook 44) by six wickets
2nd September: 4th ODI, Edgbaston, Birmingham
India 212-1 (Rahane 106, Dhawan 97no) beat
England 206 (Moeen Ali 67) by nine wickets
5th September: 5th ODI, Headingley, Leeds
England 294-7 (Root 113, Buttler 49) beat
India 253 (Jadeja 87) by 41 runs
7th September: T20I, Edgbaston, Birmingham
England 180-7 (Morgan 71, Hales 40)
India 177-5 (Kohli 66) by three runs