England star Jos Buttler is eyeing a test recall following his sojourn in the Indian Premier League, with the keeper-batsman admitting that current incumbent Jonny Bairstow has sealed his place in Test squad following his performances behind the stumps in the ongoing Test series against Sri Lanka. Bairstow needs only two more dismissals in the third Test against the Lankans to go pass the English record of 17 dismissals set by Geraint Jones back in 2006.
"Johnny wants to be a wicketkeeper-batsman it must be frustrating that people are questioning that. People need to leave him alone and get behind him, it's obvious how much he wants to keep wicket and he's done well. I remember those very same questions and it wasn't until I moved to Lancashire that people started to believe me," said Buttler, quoted by the Daily Mail.
"All that stuff about whether we can play in the same Test team, it's irrelevant for me. He's the man in possession. And if you have been dropped from the side you have to show you have improved and demand to be selected. That's what he did. He made himself impossible to ignore."
Buttler was one of the few England players to actually play in the Indian Premier League turning out for Mumbai Indians. He played 14 games for them, scoring 255 runs with a strike rate of 138.58, becoming their third highest scorer. The 25-year-old claims that playing in India helped him learn a lot about cricket and myself as a person.
The keeper also got to share the dressing room with legends such as Sachin Tendulkar, Jonty Rhodes and Ricky Ponting. Ponting who is the coach of the franchise gave the Englishman advice on how to go about the game.
"I had a bit of a chat with Ricky and his advice was about understanding your game and taking ownership of it. No one can do it for you, it's down to you. That's what you notice about the top players at the IPL, they have the belief and trust in their own ability. My Test career started well and I was happy but in the Ashes I fell away. I went away from what I do well. I forgot how I was going to score runs and now I have to be more focused on myself."