Buttler set for Mohali recall
England white-ball superstar Jos Buttler is likely to earn a Test recall for the third match with India, captain Alastair Cook has said.
Buttler has not played in the longest format since losing wicketkeeping duties to Jonny Bairstow on last year's tour of the United Arab Emirates to face Pakistan, on the back of a bad rut that had dropped his batting average to 30.
Though he has played only a solitary County Championship game in the subsequent 14 months, Buttler's chance has come again with Ben Duckett struggling for form.
Having moved from opener to number four to accommodate Haseeb Hameed, Duckett has scored just 18 runs at a paltry average of six against India, his wicket falling to Ravichandran Ashwin each time he has come to the crease so far.
Asked if Buttler would come in for Mohali, Cook said: "I think he does yeah. It's certainly something which the selectors will have a look at."
On Duckett, the captain added: "It's hard cricket at this level. The difference I think is quite stark from playing at Northampton. Suddenly every innings is scrutinised, that's just the nature of the beast.
"No doubt that kind of scrutiny affects guys. Ben is a very talented cricketer.
"I'll think we'll see a lot more of him in an England shirt. Whether he plays in Mohali or not, the selectors will have to make a call on that."
Cook may also turn attention to his tactics, which were criticised by opposite number Virat Kohli after going down to a 246-run defeat in Visakhapatnam that owed much to batting collapses in each innings.
"We thought they would come out with more intent," Kohli said after plundering 248 runs to win man-of-the-match honours.
"To see the approach they had obviously gave us assurance that once we get a couple of wickets it will crumble pretty quickly. It is a pretty basic thing to do.
"If you don't have intent in the fourth innings, it is tough to play out four-and-a-half sessions."