Root confirms Buttler will return

08 September 2021 23:48:48 GMTPlus11
Jos Buttler will return for the crucial fifth Test against India

England captain Joe Root has confirmed that Jos Buttler will definitely re-take the gloves and be recalled for the crucial final Test of the series against India.

The hosts need to win at Old Trafford to secure a 2-2 drawn series, with England 2.62 to win the fifth Test, while a draw in the game which starts on Friday can be backed at 2.50 and India are 3.60 to wrap up a 3-1 series success.

He is integral to what we're about.

Joe Root

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Buttler was absent as India roared to a 157-run victory in the fourth Test at The Oval, with Jonny Bairstow taking over the wicketkeeping duties.

Now either Bairstow or Ollie Pope will drop out to accommodate the return of Buttler, who Root sees as a key member of the England red-ball set-up.

Buttler seen as "integral" by Root

He told reporters: "He's the vice-captain of this team. He is integral to what we're about.

"I know his output in terms of runs this series hasn't been as high as he would have liked, or as we would like, but we know what a great player he is.

"I think Jonny knew exactly what the scenario was when given the opportunity to keep last week."

Two spinners a possibility

Meanwhile, Root also admitted that England were considering playing two spinners in Manchester, with Somerset left-armer Jack Leach having been recalled to the squad.

He may be called upon to join Moeen Ali as England are forced to go all-out for the win, but Root says that much will be dictated by the state of the pitch prepared for the summer's last Test match.

He added: "We know what you can get sometimes here at Old Trafford, it can spin and that could be an option that we have to look at with two spinners."

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