JOS BUTTLER is determined to make the grade in Test cricket and join the elite band of batsmen who excel in all formats.
The 29-year-old endured a difficult winter in red-ball cricket for England, managing a top score of just 43 in five matches against New Zealand and South Africa.
Nevertheless, Buttler is in the squad for the upcoming tour of Sri Lanka and he insists he can transfer his explosive limited-overs skills to the Test arena.
Buttler said: ‘There’s a crop of guys who are the best in the world, and they’re the best across all formats. They manage to do it.
‘You need to find breaks in your schedule — your mind is your biggest asset so you need to have time to get that to the best place when you turn up. That’s a big skill.
‘But the best players can play all formats. You want to play all the games, be involved in all formats. I certainly do. Some people are naturally suited to one or the other, but I think you can do it.
‘You’ve always got to be positive. Obviously I haven’t played as well as I’d have liked in the majority of the winter but you don’t become a bad player overnight, so I’m looking to repay some faith and get back to playing my best cricket.’