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Jos Buttler grateful for advice given by Shane Warne

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As new England national selector, Ed Smith, revealed his first Test squad for their series opener against Pakistan at Lord's on Thursday, the stand-out name has to be the returning batsman Jos Buttler.

The 27-year old earned his recall to Test cricket after some impressive recent performances for Twenty20 Indian Premier League team the Rajasthan Royals, despite playing the last of his 18 Tests for England back in 2016.

As well as being considered as one of the best ball-strikers in world cricket, Buttler credits his somewhat surprising recall to advice he received from former Australian cricketer Shane Warne.

The leg-spinner is considered to have been one of the best bowlers in the game and was often a thorn in England's side throughout their various Ashes encounters. 

And Buttler has revealed that Rajasthan Royals team-mentor Warne helped to change his way of thinking about red-ball cricket.

Warne told Buttler that what has worked so well for him in shorter formats, could prove to be just as effective for him over five-day matches should he continue to make good decisions and try to get the best out of himself, 

"I really enjoyed having Shane Warne as our team mentor," Buttler told reporters at Lord's on Monday. "We spoke a lot about Test cricket and how I could potentially get back there.

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"It was around 'why can’t you play the way you can play in other forms of the game?'

"It is just a game of cricket, play how you can. There will be different times and phases of cricket when you have to play differently. But make good decisions and be genuine, that is how to get the best out of yourself," the Lancashire batsman added.

Despite focusing solely on white-ball cricket over the last couple of years, Buttler has been given a huge opportunity to finally make his mark in the longer format as England attempt to end a run of seven matches without a win. 

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He continued: "Having not being selected in the Ashes squad, I had thought maybe the best way of being the best red-ball player I can be was to stop playing white-ball cricket for a couple of years and give red-ball cricket a real stab.

"You wonder whether when playing a lot of white-ball and franchise tournaments, do you have enough time to work on your game seriously and show you are trying to improve and get back in (the Test team)?

"Then you come back to it and think there is no reason you shouldn't be able to play all forms."

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