'A dream come true' for Buttler

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Wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler will fulfill a long-standing ambition, when England's third Test against India gets underway at the Rose Bowl in Southampton on Sunday.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler will fulfill a long-standing ambition, when England's third Test against India gets underway at the Rose Bowl in Southampton on Sunday.

Buttler has been named in a 13-man squad, which is void of the services of the veteran Matthew Prior, who will soon undergo surgery for an injured Achilles heel. Spinner Simon Kerrigan, meanwhile, was also excluded.

"It is a dream come true. I'm sure it won't sink in until I meet up with everyone and Sunday comes. Obviously, I'm really excited and nervous as well, but that's to be expected. I can't wait for it to be Sunday now," Buttler told Lancashire Cricket's official website.

"It's been a long-term goal and ambition and it's probably come sooner than I imagined as well, which is great for me. It shows that I've been going in the right direction and improving fast, which I feel I've done this year at Lancashire."

The hard-hitting right-hander has been a regular member of the Twenty20 International and ODI teams since August 2011's debut – and a move from Somerset to Lancashire has brought plenty of consistency in the County Championship this season.

"I still feel like I've got improvements to make, but it's great that I've been named in the squad. I can't wait to get started. It was a really tough decision to leave Somerset, who helped me a lot," he added.

"But with my long-term goal being Test cricket, I knew I had to leave. I guess it's justified it, and it's justified it pretty quickly. I didn't expect to be playing Test cricket this quickly, but in sport opportunities come in different ways and at different times, and I'm delighted."

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