Hales confident of Buttler's sucess

England

England T20 opening batsman Alex Hales has backed team-mate Jos Buttler to shine in the Test side, after the wicketkeeper's call up for the third Test against India in Southampton next week.

England T20 opening batsman Alex Hales has backed team-mate Jos Buttler to shine in the Test side, after the wicketkeeper's call up for the third Test against India in Southampton next week.

Buttler was called in to replace Matt Prior, who ruled himself out of action in order to have Achilles surgery and a severe lack of form. Buttler had been the popular choice for the role, and now has a maiden Test can on the horizon.

Nottinghamshire's Hales said on Sky Sports: "Jos is one of the most talented players I've ever seen to hit a cricket ball. I don't know what people expect from him straight away, but once he finds his feet at Test level, he'll be outstanding.

"I've still got the aim to play Test cricket even though my championship form last year was awful. I feel like I've found my form again with red-ball cricket and feel at home in championship cricket at the top of the order.

"I feel there is a place for attacking players in Test matches, as Kevin Pietersen showed for many years, and that's definitely my aim down the line."

Hales was picked for the England A side to face Sri Lanka A and New Zealand A at home next month, and hopes he'll be able to get used to the ODI format again in the hoped of finally getting an England cap and a place for the World Cup.

He said of the A series: "It's going to be weird because I haven't played the 50-over game in quite a while.

"It's still a white-ball competition, the same sorts of rules, it's just an extra 10 overs, it gives you longer at the crease and it makes perfect sense replicating the one-day format England play.

"My aim at the start of the year was to find my four-day form again and push towards a one day place for England's 50-over stuff nearer the winter. One of them has gone well, I've found my Championship form and now I want to take that into the white-ball format."

Latest