England v India: Jos Buttler replaces Matt Prior for third Test
Jos Buttler replaces wicketkeeper Matt Prior in the England squad for the third Test against India in Southampton
Jos Buttler has replaced wicketkeeper Matt Prior in the England squad for the third Test against India in Southampton.
The 23-year-old Buttler will make his Test debut having played 33 one-day matches and 36 Twenty20 games for his country.
Prior, 32, withdrew from England duty in the aftermath of the second Test defeat at Lord’s due to injury.
Spinner Simon Kerrigan has been dropped for the third Test, which begins on Sunday 27 July at the Rose Bowl.
National selector James Whitaker said: “Jos Buttler comes into the squad following some very exciting limited-overs performances for England and a good record with Lancashire this season.
“Matt Prior has contributed a huge amount to the England side over the years and should be proud of his record throughout his 79 Tests.
“He has decided to take time out of the game to work on his fitness and we will continue to follow his progress over the coming months.”
England squad for third Test v India:
Alastair Cook (Essex, capt), Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), James Anderson (Lancashire), Gary Ballance (Yorkshire), Ian Bell (Warwickshire), Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire), Jos Buttler (Lancashire), Chris Jordan (Sussex), Liam Plunkett (Yorkshire), Sam Robson (Middlesex), Joe Root (Yorkshire), Ben Stokes (Durham), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire).