Injured Jos Buttler racing to be fit for Pakistan ODIs
Buttler suffered a blow to his left thumb during the NatWest Twenty20 Blast fixture while keeping wickets for Lancashire against Worcestershire on Friday.
Despite the injury Buttler was able to bat and he smashed a 22-ball 57, taking home the man of the match award in Lancashire's win.
After undergoing x-rays to assess the extent of his injury, it was revealed that Buttler has suffered a "small stable fracture" of his left thumb, which according to Lancashire's statement will be managed conservatively.
"Jos Buttler received a blow to his left thumb during Friday night's T20…X-rays later revealed he sustained a small stable fracture which will be managed conservatively."
Though Lancashire did not give any details of Buttler's recovery period, he is expected to regain fitness in time to take part in the ODI series against Pakistan which begins on 24th August.
In the eventuality where Buttler is fit enough to play only as a specialist batsman in the Pakistan ODIs, England have the option of turning to Jonny Bairstow or Sam Billings to don the gloves.
Despite Buttler's excellent form in the limited overs formats, he was not picked for the first Test against Pakistan with the selectors opting to recall Gary Ballance.
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