New Zealand v England: Buttler has impressed everyone, says Cook

New Zealand v England: Captain Alastair Cook confirms that Jos Buttler will retain the wicketkeeper’s gloves for the first ODI

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Alastair Cook is England's Test and ODI captain Photo: Back Page Images

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England captain Alastair Cook has confirmed that, as expected, Jos Buttler will retain the wicketkeeper’s gloves for the first one-day international against New Zealand in Hamilton on Sunday.

Buttler had replaced the out-of-sorts Craig Kieswetter in the fourth ODI in India last month, and kept wicket during England’s recent 2-1 Twenty20 series victory over New Zealand.

Following his impressive performances during the T20 series, including a quick-fire 54 in the second international, Buttler has seen off the challenge of Jonny Bairstow ahead of the three-match ODI series.

“Jos has impressed everyone and is a very dangerous batter,” said captain Cook, returning to the fold after missing the T20 series.

“It’s a tough call on Jonny, but because of the way Jos handled himself in two one-day games in India and carried that on in the Twenty20 games against New Zealand, he’s playing on Sunday.

“Jos has proven how dangerous he can be in Twenty20 cricket and the more he plays one-day cricket for England he’ll prove himself in that form of the game.

“And his ‘keeping’s been very solid so far, although he knows he’s nowhere near the finished article, he hasn’t done a lot of it. But he’s a very talented boy and is working hard to improve.”

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