Former England opener Nick Knight says selectors should resist any urge to recall Jos Buttler from the IPL and pick him for the first Test against Sri Lanka.
Knight says Buttler who lost his spot as England wicketkeeper to Jonny Bairstow during the series against Pakistan late last year should continue to develop his game with Mumbai Indians.
James Taylor’s enforced retirement has opened up a spot in England’s middle order, with one possible option to promote Jonny Bairstow up to No 5 and hand Buttler the gloves.
However Speaking to Sky Sports Knight said, “What’s best for his development now is for him to be where he is, He is around star names and different conditions, which will stay with him for the rest of his career.”
The former England batsman said of Buttler, who is being coached at Mumbai by Ricky Ponting has all the skills, to become an excellent player but Sri Lanka series is too early.
England will take on Sri Lanka in the 1st test from the 19th of this month in Headingly.