Jos Buttler has competition from teammate,  Jonny Bairstow for a spot in Test cricket © Getty Images
Jos Buttler has competition from teammate, Jonny Bairstow for a spot in Test cricket © Getty Images

England’s wicketkeeper-batsman, Jos Buttler, has revealed that he is ambitious enough to play for England in the longer formats. He wants to have a good One-Day International (ODI) series against Sri Lanka so that he can present a strong case for himself in front of the selectors and get a spot in the Test squad. Buttler will be representing England in the first ODI of the five-match ODI series against the Lankans. He kept wickets for England in the ICC World T20 and played for the Mumbai Indians (MI) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2016. The road ahead is tough for him since Jonny Bairstow, the other wicketkeeper-batsman,  has been in phenomenal form lately. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: England vs Sri Lanka, 1st ODI match at Nottingham

According to DailyStar, The Yorkshireman forced his way past Buttler into the Test side last winter and has gone on to cement his place with a series of impressive efforts, although there continues to be questions about his wicket keeping. Buttler probably has the edge there and is ready to bounce back. Jos Buttler aiming for England Test spot after IPL 9

“Looking back on getting dropped from the Test side you just go with what is happening at the time and what opportunities you have at the time. People say: ‘You are not ambitious to play Test cricket’. Well, of course I am, but if you are not getting picked you do whatever else you can. My ‘keeping was pretty good in the Tests but I fell away badly with the bat. And the time when I did get dropped I probably needed that. It allowed me to breathe again and think ‘do you know what, the whole world is not actually watching me and does not depend on whether I get any runs in my next innings or not. I got back to form with the bat in the one day series in Dubai. And more importantly I learned quite a lot about myself being on a Test tour and not playing a game. It made me realise how much I missed it”, told the aggressive batsman.

The 25-year-old Lancashire star added, “Of course I want my Test place back. Having tasted it and having been dropped, I know there are things that I have to work on with my keeping and if I am going to get it back I need to show that I am ready to play and perform and have learned from past experiences.”

In conclusion he said, “Hopefully I can do it against Sri Lanka. Good players do the same things no matter what colour the ball is and if you are playing well in international one day cricket it has been in the past the way into a Test side.”