Cook doesn't think Buttler is ready for Tests

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Captain Alastair Cook has all but ruled wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler out of contention for England's first Test squad, ahead of this month's two-match series against Sri Lanka.

Captain Alastair Cook has all but ruled wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler out of contention for England's first Test squad, ahead of this month's two-match series against Sri Lanka.

Buttler scored a career-best 121 in Saturday's fourth ODI against the same opposition at Lord's in London, where the hosts slumped to a seven-run defeat regardless.

The hard-hitting right-hander struck 11 fours and a quartet of impressive sixes during a vigil that spanned a mere 74 deliveries. While a fine stretch of form at limited-overs level has brought plenty of suggestion of graduation to the longest format of the international game, Cook differed.

"He has certainly found his method in one-day cricket. He knows what he's doing. I think he's yet to find that in first-class cricket. I think he'll be honest with himself, he needs more time to do that. But a guy who is as talented as that, there's no reason why he can't," said Cook.

"I think he will become a very good Test player at some stage for England. Talented people find ways to do that, but I don't think he's quite ready yet for that role."

First-choice wicketkeeper Matt Prior is nursing an Achilles injury, leaving the talented Jonny Bairstow the favourite for the position. The first Test will get underway at Lord's on 12 June and the second will start at Edgbaston in Birmingham eight days later.

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