Jos Buttler started his Lancashire career with a first innings knock of just 28 against Warwickshire at Old Trafford.
The England One-Day International will have hoped to have made more of his start but was upstaged by England hopeful Chris Woakes who was the pick of the Warwickshire bowlers claiming 5-63, including the prize wicket of Buttler himself.
The game against Warwickshire also marked the final game in charge for Peter Moores before he takes up his new post with England. As well as trying to steer Lancashire to victory Moores will be keen to cast an eye over some of his England hopefuls who are playing in this match. As well as Buttler and Woakes, the likes of Simon Kerrigan, James Anderson and Ian Bell will hope to impress the new boss.
It is ironic that Moores is coaching Lancashire for the last time as Buttler makes his debut. Moores would have been influential in Buttler's decision to leave Somerset.
Buttler will hope to make such an impression on Moores that he considers him for the England Test wicket-keeper role rather than just being perceived as a One-Day International player.
However, Matt Prior has started the season well and Jonny Bairstow will want to impress once he returns from a broken finger. Bairstow is the current holder of the gloves in Test match cricket after playing the last two Ashes tests in Australia. Buttler will need to score big runs to force his way into the Test line-up as modern day keepers are judged on their run scoring capabilities just as much as their ability behind the stumps.
Buttler has joined a club that is on a high at the moment. They have recently posted a profit of £3.5m for 2013, doubled their income to £19m and all this after posting losses for the previous four years. They have undergone a major ground redevelopment costing in the region of £45m and have seen Test cricket return to the ground after an absence of three years. The loss of Moores will be a big blow for the red rose county but they are in a much better state then they were before he arrived.
Day one at Old Trafford ended with Warwickshire closing on 63-0 in reply to Lancashire's 247 all out. Lancashire and Buttler will hope to excel on day two as they look to claw back the advantage that Warwickshire have at the moment.
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