England announces 12-man squad for first test match against Pakistan

England v Pakistan: Jos Buttler & Dom Bess included in squad for first Test

Lancashire's wicketkeeper-batsman is in the squad for the first time since the tour of India in 2016. Aesthetically pleasing at the crease, Vince struggled to back up his obvious quality with significant numbers - he has now played 22 Test match innings and averages a disappointing 24.90 after enduring a hard time of it during the Ashes series against Australia in the winter.

Buttler has already played three Tests as a specialist batsman, since he lost the Test gloves to Jonny Bairstow.

The first Test between England and Pakistan will get underway on May 24, while the second Test will be held at Headingley on June 1.

There was also a first Test call up for Somerset spinner Dom Bess after his county teammate Jack Leach was ruled out of the two-match series due to a thumb injury.

As for Bess, who is just 20, he has featured in 16 first-class matches and taken 63 wickets at an average of 22.49.

Surrey batsman Stoneman has shown glimpses of his potential in 10 Test matches without registering a substantial score. They could have selected Moeen, a veteran of 50 Test matches and now playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL, as the spin bowling option in the squad.

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Speaking about Bess, Smith said: "Dom Bess has made an excellent start to his first-class career".

But there is no place for James Vince even though he made an unbeaten double century for Hampshire against Somerset on Monday.

Smith said: 'With Jack Leach missing out through injury, the selection panel wanted to invest opportunity in a young spin bowler. Buttler averages 31.36 from 18 Test appearances so far but he has caught the eye with some bludgeoning performances with the bat for Rajasthan Royals in the IPL recently.

The batting of the lower order in the Ashes series and New Zealand was seen as a glaring weakness of the side and they were found to be extremely susceptible to short-pitched hostile bowling. Despite that, the selectors have chose to stick with him, at least for now, despite an average of just 30.17 from ten Test matches.

Buttler is set to bat at seven, with captain Joe Root moving up to three to replace the dropped James Vince while Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow and Ben Stokes will comprise the middle order.

England have awarded incremental contracts to Surrey's Tom Curran and Middlesex's Dawid Malan.

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