Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

New Boy Buttler out to Pass the Ultimate Test ; Wicketkeeper Looking to Prove He Is Not Just a One-Day Player after Signing for Lancashire

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

New Boy Buttler out to Pass the Ultimate Test ; Wicketkeeper Looking to Prove He Is Not Just a One-Day Player after Signing for Lancashire

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JOS Buttler believes joining Lancashire is a major stepping stone to becoming England's next Test wicketkeeper. And the 23-year-old has revealed he is keen to show he is not just a big-hitting one- day batsman.

Buttler, who has joined the Red Rose on a three-year deal after leaving his home county Somerset, is England's limited overs keeper.

But he admits he has to prove himself in the LV= County Championship with Lancashire if he has any chance of taking the gloves off current Test wicketkeeper Matt Prior.

With Craig Kieswetter preferred behind the stumps at Somerset, Buttler's chances in four-day cricket have been limited over the past few seasons, and when he has played it has been as a batsman only.

But with Gareth Cross being released, he will be No.1 wicket- keeper at Emirates Old Trafford in all forms of the game.

"This is a great opportunity for me to push my cricket onto the next level," said Buttler.

"I'm ambitious and want to become a Test match cricketer and Lancashire can be the stepping stone to enable me to get to that.

"The level that my wicketkeeping can get to when I'm keeping day in, day out is very exciting.

"I think I've got to a solid level but now it's about going to the next level.

"At the start of the season just gone first-class cricket was the one thing I really wanted to improve on.

"One-day cricket has come more naturally for me, but at the start of the year I worked out a method in four-day cricket and started to see the result of that.

"Unfortunately it tailed off a little bit, which coincided with going off with England Lions and the one-day side and then coming back for the odd game, which I was a little bit disappointed with and I would like to have continued that form.

"Now I've come here, I think I know what my method is in four- day cricket.

"I was a little bit concerned about being pigeon-holed as a one- day player and I'm keen to get rid of that tag.

"I'm more ambitious than that and I want to play Test cricket for England. …

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