Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Buttler to Step in for Bairstow

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Buttler to Step in for Bairstow

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LANCASHIRE'S Jos Buttler is being primed to keep wicket in England's first Test against Sri Lanka, with Jonny Bairstow's fitness being monitored day by day.

Bairstow suffered ligament damage in his right ankle while playing football during the one-day series and looks increasingly likely to miss the Galle Test, which starts on November 6. Buttler has been doing the job throughout the limited-overs leg of the tour and will continue behind the stumps when England begin the first of two two-day warm-ups in Colombo today.

"It's day by day with Jonny at the minute," England captain Joe Root said. "He's actually made good strides in the last week or so and he's recovered a little bit quicker than we anticipated.

Asked if the odds were against Bairstow, Root added: "We'll have to wait and see, I think so but we're very fortunate to have a lot of resources in that department. …

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