England have dropped wicketkeeper Jos Buttler for the third test match against Pakistan. England go into the match 1-0 down in the three-match series.
Buttler will be replaced behind the stumps by Yorkshire’s Jonny Bairstow. Bairstow return to the test match side against Australia but has played as a specialist batsman. James Taylor will take Buttler’s place in the side as England look to strengthen their batting line-up.
Buttler has been struggling for form with the bat for a while. He struggled for consistent runs in England’s recent Ashes victory over Australia. And he has averaged just 8.5 in his four innings against Pakistan.
It is expected that Taylor will bat at number five in this match, with Bairstow moving down to number seven. Whilst Moeen Ali is expected to continue at the top of the order alongside captain Alastair Cook despite struggling for runs.
Taylor hasn’t played a test match for three years, with the last of his two test appearances to date coming against South Africa. Taylor is a consistent performer in county cricket in all forms of the game and impressed in England’s recent one-day series against Australia.
Fast bowler Mark Wood will also miss the game after being rest to protect a persistent ankle problem. The decision on who will replace Wood has not been made yet. England may choose to play a third spinner in this game. It that is case then Taylor’s Nottinghamshire team-mate.
Patel has played five test matches for England, but the last of those came three years ago. He wasn’t originally selected in the squad for this tour. But when Surrey’s Zafar Ansari was ruled out with a hand injury. Patel was named as his replacement.
The third test will be played at Sharjah, starting on Sunday 1 November. Starting at 6am GMT.