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16 May 2018, 05:21 | Anna Jefferson
Jos Buttler is enjoying a superb run in the IPL
Both Stokes and Buttler will return home to prepare for the England-Pakistan Test series which is set to begin on May 24 at Lord's. Meanwhile, James Vince has been dropped from the squad despite a double hundred for Hampshire on Monday, while opener Mark Stoneman retained his place. England's Craig Overton celebrates with team mates after dismissing New Zealand's Colin de Grandhomme during the fourth day of the first cricket test match.
There was, however, a recall for Jos Buttler, who has not played a Test since December 2016 but has been in superb form in the IPL, equalling the tournament record by making five consecutive fifties for Rajasthan Royals.
The England squad also features Somerset off-spinner Dom Bess, who was given a first call-up.
The 27-year-old is now playing some of his best cricket in the Indian Premier League. I'm fully aware he hasn't played a red-ball game since the back-end of last season and our eyes are wide open.
Stokes" IPL 2018 can be termed "average' at best, having scored just 185 runs from 12 games so far and has just picked up 5 wickets with an economy of 8.72.
"Jos Buttler is an outstanding talent who is already a central part of England's white ball teams", said new national selector Ed Smith.
Buttler has already played three Tests as a specialist batsman, since he lost the Test gloves to Jonny Bairstow.
"Dom Bess has made an excellent start to his first-class career", said Smith.
'With Jack Leach missing out due to injury, the selection panel wanted to invest opportunity in a young spin bowler.
'We felt this was the right time to bring in a player of Jos's unique gifts, what he brings to the team as a destructive batsman, a fantastic competitive presence and his innate leadership skills, when he was playing with such confidence and flair, ' said Smith of a batsman excelling in the Indian Premier League.
Joe Root (Yorkshire, capt), Jimmy Anderson (Lancashire), Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire, wkt), Dom Bess (Somerset), Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire), Jos Buttler (Lancashire), Alastair Cook (Essex), Dawid Malan (Middlesex), Ben Stokes (Durham), Mark Stoneman (Surrey), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire), Mark Wood (Durham). "Dom's strong form, character and all-round abilities presented a compelling case for selection".
Bess has played 16 first-class matches and benefits from county team mate Jack Leach suffering a broken thumb.
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