Buttler: I'm not ready for Test cricket

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England limited-overs wicketkeeper Jos Buttler has greed with Test captain Alastair Cook's assessment that he is not ready for the longest format yet, saying he has a lot to work on.

England limited-overs wicketkeeper Jos Buttler has greed with Test captain Alastair Cook's assessment that he is not ready for the longest format yet, saying he has a lot to work on.

Calls for the Lancashire keeper's inclusion in the Test side, with Matt Prior injured, rose to deafening levels this weekend when he scored England's fastest ODI century. His 121 was in vain though, as Sri Lanka won the game.

But Cook stated that Buttler would not be in line for a call to the Test side to face the visitors this month, and Buttler was in agreement, saying his First Class average would not justify inclusion now.

Buttler was realistic when asked about his immediate prospects, saying: "I haven't discussed it with the management or Alastair. But I'm not ready for Test match cricket.

"It is a pretty easy assumption to make, looking at my game and where I am as a player. That is my honest opinion, and that is the opinion of others.

"It is my hope and ambition to turn into someone who is talked about as a Test cricketer as quickly as I can.

"I average 32 in first-class cricket and, if I wasn't playing one-day cricket, I would not be at the forefront of anyone's mind with an average like that.

"My glovework needs to improve too, to be a Test match cricketer."

As for who will keep if Prior is not fit for the first Test on 12 June, it's assumed Jonny Bairstow will hold into the role, though calls for Essex's James Foster to get a call up have been loud in recent weeks. Otherwise, it could be Somerset keeper Craig Kieswetter who gets the call.

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