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Trevor Bayliss hints Jos Buttler's inclusion in Mohali Test

Trevor Bayliss hints Jos Buttler's inclusion in Mohali Test
Jos Buttler last played a Test in October 2015
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England are set to bring in hard-hitting Lancashire batsman Jos Buttler for the third Test against India in Mohali.

The 26-year-old last featured for England in the longer format in the second Test against Pakistan in Dubai in October 2015 and was later dropped after he failed to score a single fifty in his last eight games.

His place was taken by Jonny Bairstow, who has been a revelation for England this year as he tops the list for most runs scored in 2016 with 1251 runs from 14 matches at an average of 65.84.

After performing well in the One-Day International series against Bangladesh and leading England to 2-1 series victory, Buttler was reinstated back into the England Test squad and is now set to play his first game in the last one-year at the expense of Ben Duckett.

Duckett, had a horrible tour of India until now and his weakness against spin was exposed by Ravichandran Ashwin, who had him on the all the three occasions. In the two games played so far, Duckett has managed only 18 runs with an average of six.

With England dropping Gary Ballance too at the start of the series, Buttler looks the ready-made replacement for Duckett with the pitch in Mohali expected to suit his style of play.

"The one thing with Jos," Bayliss said, "is that if he plays the same way as he does in one-day cricket, I think that's the way ahead for him; red ball or white ball.

"I think he's starting to get his head around that fact.

"He's in the top echelon of destructive batters when it comes to white-ball cricket, and there's no reason - if he can get his head around playing against a red ball - that he can't do the same and put the pressure back on the opposition."

Bayliss also had words of consolation for the under-firing Duckett and believes the 22-year-old has a bright career ahead of him.

"I think he's got a special talent," Bayliss said.

"Whether he plays the next match or not, I think he'll play a lot more for England.

"Every level you get to, you go up. It gets harder and harder, and the step is bigger.

"Ben's working harder than anyone in the nets to try to fix things up, getting himself into a position that he is confident enough to score runs."

The second Test in Mohali is scheduled to kick start on Saturday with India having a lead of 1-0 over England by virtue of their 246-run win in Visakhapatnam.

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