Friday 25 July 2014 

Video - Buttler Delighted, Excited & Proud Ahead Of Test Debut

Jos Buttler says he is delighted, excited and proud ahead of his Test debut
Jos Buttler says he is delighted, excited and proud ahead of his Test debut
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Watch as England wicket-keeper Jos Buttler describes how he is experiencing a range of emotions as he prepares to make his Test debut against India this weekend.

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Buttler will come into the side to replace Matt Prior, who has been ruled out for the rest of the summer due to injury.

The Lancashire man has already played 33 One-Day and 36 Twenty20 Internationals for his country, which he says has helped him prepare for his debut.

Nevertheless, he says he is excited and delighted to be in the squad and ready to take on India at the Ageas Bowl.

"Excitement is probably the main one (emotion) at the minute," he said. "I'm obviously delighted to get the call-up - a very proud moment for me.

"The chance to represent my country in Test match cricket is obviously a very proud moment.

"A mix of excitement, a few nerves, obviously, but I think it's good that I know the set-up a bit, know the guys, so that introduction has been pretty easy and looking forward to starting training and getting amongst it."

Some doubt that Buttler is ready for the step up to Test cricket despite his record in the limited overs game, but he is confident in his ability, although recognises that he is not quite the finished article just yet.

"My cricket has been going in the right direction, I'm really pleased with the way it's going and mentally, I think I've come round to the fact a bit more that I was probably closer than I thought I was and I need to be ready for whenever that chance might come.

"Probably far from the finished article, I know that. I don't think anyone would be at this stage of their career, but I'm really happy where my cricket is and just delighted I've got this chance and I'm determined to enjoy it."

While he goes into the Test with a clean slate ahead of him, questions continue to surround the future of captain Alastair Cook, but Buttler says the team are fully behind their skipper.

"Everyone's right behind him, knows what a quality leader he is of everyone, what a great player he is for England and everyone's determined to see him get back to his best.

"I think it's a great quality that he has, that he's shown throughout his international career, that determination and doggedness to put things right and find a way."

India lead the five-match series 1-0 after a draw at Trent Bridge and a 95-run win at Lord's.

Video courtesy of SNTV

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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