England set to hand Jos Buttler first call up in third Test with India
Last Updated: 22/07/14 3:49pm
The England squad to face India in the third Test will be named later on Tuesday afternoon with Jos Buttler favourite to replace Matt Prior as wicketkeeper.
Prior announced that he is taking a break from cricket in the aftermath of England’s second Test defeat at Lord’s on Monday.
Prior said he needs to rest his body, in particular a troublesome Achilles which will need surgery.
The Sussex man was under pressure for his place in the team – he has struggled with the bat and with the gloves this summer, and Lancashire’s Buttler now looks set to win his first cap at Southampton on Sunday.
Buttler has played some exceptional innings in limited overs matches England - he has played 33 one-day internationals and 36 Twenty20 matches - but he has to wait for his chance in red-ball cricket. He was put on standby for the first Test at Trent Bridge with Prior an injury doubt, but in the end he was not needed.
England head coach Peter Moores is a huge fan of Buttler - he signed him for Lancashire from Somerset over the winter.
The selectors may also look at England’s bowling line-up, with the seamers failing to fire.
Stuart Broad in particular, looks well below par, and the selectors may wish to freshen the attack up, with Chris Jordan and Chris Woakes – currently playing for their counties – both options.
Captain Alastair Cook, without a win in 10 Tests and in a serious rut with the bat, is under increasing pressure, but he is expected to continue to lead the team.
Cook said: “We're in a battle now. This India side are going to be tough to beat because I think they've toughened up a lot since we last played them in 2011.
“It's going to be a hell of a challenge to turn it around and win some games.”