Ramprakash tempers expectations for anticipated Buttler return

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England batting coach Mark Ramprakash believes Jos Buttler should not be burdened by lofty expectations if he makes an expected return to Test cricket this weekend.

Buttler appears highly likely to be recalled in place of Ben Duckett when Alastair Cook's side face India in Mohali from Saturday.

However, in the 12 months since he was replaced by Jonny Bairstow as England's Test wicketkeeper, Buttler has featured in just one first-class match - an issue Ramprakash addressed on Wednesday.

"You have to deal with it because that's where we're at," Ramprakash was quoted as saying by the Guardian.

"Is it ideal? No, not for me, it isn't ideal. One first-class game [in a year] and I think his last 12 knocks in Test cricket he's got past 30 once.

"But the landscape of cricket has changed and to me Jos is in the top five batsmen in the world in one-day cricket. That almost creates a problem with the amount of first-class cricket he can play.

"If Jos gets the nod we need to be understanding of that. He has clearly so much ability but through lack of opportunity it's been hard for him to develop and I hope that people realise that and don't set expectations too high.

"That's the situation he's in and we've got to live with that."

England fell 1-0 down in the five-match series with defeat last time out in Visakhapatnam, where their defensive approach with the bat in the second innings divided opinion.

Facing a stiff victory target of 405 with five sessions remaining, the tourists made it clear a draw was the limit of their ambitions and were duly dismissed for 158 in 97.3 overs.

"I thought the boys adapted well to the situation and tried their best to stick it out for the team in the context of the game," added Ramprakash.

"But I think they will look forward to getting back to playing with more of a mindset of being proactive."