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Test recall like a second debut for England's Buttler

 

By Robert Jones

Jos Buttler admits his England Test recall "feels like another debut" after almost 18 months out of the side.

Buttler played the last of his 18 Tests in December 2016, against India in Chennai, and has largely focused on his white-ball game since.

He has remained an integral part of England's limited-overs set-up and has taken this year's Indian Premier League by storm with Rajasthan Royals - but was still shocked to get the nod to face Pakistan at Lord's this week.

"It's a fantastic surprise and an incredible opportunity," he said. "Any time you turn up at Lord's it's special, and all of those emotions are arriving. It feels like another debut really. It wasn't particularly on my radar."

Buttler had pondered the idea he may never wear the England whites again - but, despite his globe-trotting Twenty20 exploits, never gave up hope of challenging himself at the highest level.

"You always think maybe that race is run and will never happen again," he added. "To get that call, the overriding emotion was excitement."

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