Lancashire batsman Jos Buttler and wicket keeper returns to the Test squad for the first time since December 2016 as Ed Smith selects his 12-man squad for the first Test match against Pakistan at Lord’s starting on Thursday 24 May.

Somerset spinner Dom Bess has also been included for the first time while Lancashire’s Jimmy Anderson is also in the twelve.

Butler who has been on 20/20 duty in India last played a test match in the fifth Test against India in Chennai.

Bess, the 20-year-old off spinner, has played 16 first-class matches and was impressive in the Champion County match for the MCC against Essex in March where he took eight wickets in the match and scored a valuable century in defeating the County Champions in Barbados.



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