London - England batsman Jos Buttler has vowed not to curb
his attacking instincts after earning a "surprise" recall to the Test
team for the opening Test against Pakistan starting at Lord's on Thursday.
Buttler returns to the test fold for the first time since
December 2016 after a series of impressive innings in the Indian Premier League
(IPL) and he believes a similar bold approach in red-ball cricket can help
cement his place in the side.
"They've told me to play in the way people watch me
play in white-ball games," Buttler, a wicketkeeper selected as a specialist
batsman for the Pakistan Test, told a news conference on Monday.
"I'm not just going to go out there trying to slog, but
I'm going to try to be positive and score runs."
Buttler's time away from the Test arena has seen him forge a
reputation as an effective limited-overs player and he recently struck an IPL
record-equalling five consecutive half-centuries for the Rajasthan Royals.
Buttler's move to opener for the Royals prompted his run of
good scores but the 27-year-old is likely to slot into England's middle order
at No 7.
"That's what the game is about, whatever fashion you do
that in," Buttler, who has played 18 Tests so far with an average of
"There have been some great cricketers from all
generations who've done it their own way. That's what's been asked of me
really, to play in a way that suits me."
England will play two Tests against Pakistan, with the
second match at Headingley starting on June 1.