Jos Buttler says return to England Test side is down to IPL stint
By Joe Shread
Last Updated: 06/06/18 9:31am
Jos Buttler has credited his impressive return to Test cricket with England to his stint in the Indian Premier League earlier this year.
The 27-year-old returned to the England side earlier this month for the two-Test series against Pakistan, 18 months after he was dropped from the team following a run of poor form.
Buttler scored two half-centuries in his four innings against Pakistan to justify the decision by new national selector Ed Smith to restore him to Test cricket.
That came on the back of Buttler's strong form in the IPL with the Rajasthan Royals, where he finished as the competition's sixth-highest run scorer.
Asked what was behind his effective return to the Test arena, Buttler replied: "Those couple of weeks in the IPL gave me huge amounts of confidence - playing in front of those crowds, the pressure of being an overseas player.
"The tough thing with Test cricket is that if you get out early, you've got a long time to think about it. In T20, you just move on."
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