Jos Buttler will keep wicket for England in the upcoming Test series against Sri Lanka, according to captain Joe Root.
Rooty’s men arrived in Sri Lanka today ahead of their two-match series, which gets underway at the Galle International Stadium on Thursday 14th of January.
The tourists are spoilt for choice in the wicket-keeping department, with Jonny Bairstow and Ben Foakes – who starred in England’s series win in Sri Lanka in 2018 – both named in the Test squad and James Bracey one of the reserves.
However, speaking to the Guardian, Root indicated that Buttler would be taking the gloves after an impressive end to the summer.
He said: “It will have to be a real unique situation for that to change.
“Jos is coming off the back of 152 [against Pakistan in the final Test in August] and in probably some of the best form you’ve seen him in Test cricket.
“As a senior squad member in great form, Jos was an integral part of our success in the back end of the summer. I’m really excited for him to carry that form forward.”
Root did hint that Foakes would likely get a chance during the India tour, with Buttler expected to return home to rest at some point on that trip, adding: “When he gets that opportunity, he’s got to take it.”
With Ben Stokes missing, the England keeper will step up as Root’s vice-captain for the Sri Lanka series.
Having started the summer under a little pressure, Buttler was instrumental to the victories against the West Indies and Pakistan – with his performance against the latter particularly impressive.
He produced a match-winning knock as, alongside Chris Woakes, he helped Root’s side chase down 277 to win the series opener and then hit 152, his highest Test score, in the final match of the summer.