Cricket: Lancashire seal Jos Buttler deal

Lancashire capture Jos Buttler

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Lancashire Cricket Club have confirmed the capture of England one-day Wicketkeeper Jos Buttler.

At the age of 23, Buttler brings youth and also International experience to the LV=County Championship Division Two champions as they prepare for life back in the top tier next season.

The Taunton-born wicketkeeper has played in 25 Twenty20 internationals and 19 one dayers, but despite being preferred behind the stumps by England, has seen Craig Kieswetter regularly selected ahead of him by Somerset.

Although Buttler still figured in his role as a batsman for the west-country side, he has decided to move on in a bid to establish himself in the role he loves most, with the ultimate aim of being England number one.

“I am delighted to be joining Lancashire County Cricket Club. They have a strong squad and are very ambitious to build on this season’s achievement,” he said.

“The club has an exceptional coaching staff which will help me to continue to develop as a keeper-batsman.

“Lancashire have a talented group of players who will be looking to challenge for all three competitions. They have been there or thereabouts in recent seasons in the T20 competition and I know for certain that Lancashire Lightning will want to make a mark in the NatWest T20 next year.”

Mike Watkinson, director of cricket at Lancashire said: “We are delighted to bring Jos to Emirates Old Trafford. He is a regular England International and has demonstrated that he is growing as a cricketer. His talent and ability match our ambitions going forward.”

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