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Buttler in as cover

Nottingham: England limited-overs batsman Jos Buttler has received a lucky call-up for the first Test against India as injury cover for Matt Prior, who suffered a mild strain in the thigh during practice.

“Prior will continue to be assessed during the training session before a decision is made about his fitness,” the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said in a statement.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Prior, who spent the first part of the season battling an Achilles injury, recently scored 86 against the Sri Lankans at Lord’s, but had a tough time behind the stumps at Headingley.

He was brought into the side after being dropped post the third Test against Australia at Perth. The 23-year-old Buttler, on the other hand, awaits his Test debut after playing 33 ODIs for England, but his inclusion will certainly put pressure on Prior.

However, Buttler himself and the England management have said that the batsman needs more time in first-class cricket to mature as a player. He had a decent County season for Lancashire with 491 runs at 40.91, which included one hundred and four fifties.