Bayliss happy for Buttler to play in the IPL

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England head coach Trevor Bayliss says he'd be happy if Jos Buttler played in the Indian Premier League this year, given Jonny Bairstow is likely to be the Test wicketkeeper at that stage.

Buttler lost the gloves and his place to Bairstow late last year, and with Bairstow doing well with the bat in the current series against South Africa, it's reasonable to assume Buttler will struggle to regain his spot.

But Bayliss feels that Buttler would benefit from a stint in the IPL, indicating that the ECB still consider the big-hitter to be more of a white ball specialist, though he has tried to move away from that perception.

Bayliss said: "If the opportunity arises and Buttler is not in the Test team and that IPL window is a possibility, I'd be all for it.

"It's something we've spoken about. Personally I'd think it would be something similar along the lines of Adil Rashid (who is playing in the Big Bash League).

"If Jos is in the Test team he'll be playing Test cricket for England. He definitely wants to play more Test cricket for England which is great. But obviously Jonny's there at the moment."

As for Bairstow's keeping, he has struggled at various points in the series, dropping a chance or two and missing a stumping, but Bayliss is confident the Yorkshire gloveman will improve rapidly.

He added: "Apart from that one chance I thought he did a pretty good job. He fumbled two balls and unfortunately one of them was a nick. Certainly his wicketkeeping is a work in progress, but I think our other wicketkeepers are as well.

"Plenty of other wicketkeepers around the world have started off their international careers not in the greatest fashion but ended up pretty decent keepers. It's only fairly early in Jonny's wicketkeeping career.

"He works very, very hard at it and I'd expect over a period of time for him to get better. Both Jonny and Jos work terribly hard on their keeping. I'd expect over a period of time for him to get better.

"He knows the number one reason he is in the team is to keep wicket. So that is definitely a focus of ours: to make him better, as it is with Jos as well.

"And we know that both of them, in form, can quite possibly play in this Test team as a batter anyway. So it's all in front of both of them."

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