Brendon McCullum is upbeat about Jos Buttler’s return to the Test side
England’s newly appointed Test head coach, Brendon McCullum, hinted at the possibility of Jos Buttler returning to the Test side following his phenomenal form for Rajasthan Royals in the recent IPL 2022 edition. The 31-year-old last played a Test for England in the 0-4 Ashes loss to Australia earlier this year and was later dropped from the squad due to his poor performance.
In fact, Buttler has struggled with the red-ball format, scoring only two centuries in 100 innings, far below his usual standards in limited-overs cricket. Buttler has not been selected for the upcoming New Zealand home Test series, instead of being replaced by Jonny Bairstow and Ben Foakes. However, with McCullum taking over, there may be a way for Buttler and the T20 specialists to return to the Test arena, as he was a master of it for New Zealand in his prime.
McCullum questioned how Buttler could be so dominant in T20 cricket while failing to excel in the longer format, and he believes that other talented cricketers should be given more opportunities as well. He went on to say that T20 skills can be used in Tests as well, referring to Buttler’s current form in the IPL and that players like Liam Livingstone, Adil Rashid, and Moeen Ali have a lot to offer in all formats. He came to the conclusion that the transition could be made, though it would not be easy.
“Jos is one of those players you look at instantly and think how could he be so dominant in one form of the game and not quite have found his feet, other than a few fleeting performances, in Test cricket?” McCullum said.