Jos Buttler will trust instincts in ‘luxury role’ for England against Pakistan

• 27-year-old accepts that his Test return will divide opinion
• Buttler will stop ‘trying to be something I’m not’ in first Test

Jos Buttler has admitted he is a luxury in England’s re-fitted Test team and that his return will divide opinion. But as the side’s most potent white-ball weapon prepares for a third stab at the longest format, he says the plan this time is to play on instinct.

How Buttler fares in the series with Pakistan that starts at Lord’s on Thursday will make one of the most intriguing subplots during the early Test summer as Joe Root’s side look to return to winning ways after their winter of discontent.

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