SOMERSET will go into the 2013 season with two England one-day international wicket-keepers on the staff following the selection of Jos Buttler to keep wicket in the fourth of the five match series against India in Mohali yesterday (Wednesday).
The 22-year-old graduated through the Academy and made his first class debut for the Cidermen in 2009 since when he has made rapid progress up the cricketing ladder.
Buttler made his England T20 debut in 2011 since when he has appeared in 18 matches, keeping wicket in the two match series against India just before Christmas.
Prior to Wednesday’s game Buttler's only England ODI appearance was against Pakistan in February when he played as a batsman, but yesterday he was given the nod and replaced his Somerset colleague Craig Kieswetter behind the stumps.
The former King’s College pupil scored a 14 runs off just nine balls, including two fours and a six and then took a catch off Tim Bresnan to remove opener Gautam Gambir with the total on 20.
Back at a snowy County Ground, Somerset captain Marcus Trescothick said: “It's great for Jos to get an opportunity to keep wicket. We know he has been threatening for a while and has been practising hard with Craig when they were back at home, and now he has got his chance in the England ODI team.
“We will have to discuss it with both of them when they get back and work out a solution.”
Head coach Andy Hurry said: “This is very healthy position for us to be in and as we have learnt from 2007 it is all about having competition for places as far as individuals being the best that they can be.
“We find ourselves in exactly the same position as England going into next season with having two one day ‘keepers on our books.
“They will both have to work hard to gain selection and will have to continue to do so to maintain their selection throughout the campaign.”
Meanwhile the Somerset AGM that was due to take place on Wednesday evening at the County Ground was postponed because of the snow and will now be re-arranged for sometime in February.