Buttler served contract

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The ECB today announced that Somerset wicketkeeper batsman Jos Buttler has been awarded an England increment contract for 2011-12.

Buttler qualifies for the award by virtue of having played nine Twenty20 internationals and one one-day international in the contract year. The T20s were against India, three against Pakistan, one against West Indies and three against South Africa, as well as the opening match in the ICC World Twenty20 against Afghanistan. The ODI was against Pakistan in the UAE in February earlier this year.

Non-contracted players can earn an England increment contract via a points system. Five points are awarded for a Test appearance and two for a T20 or ODI appearance, with an increment contract being awarded automatically once the player reaches 20 points during the 12-month contract period.

ECB National Selector Geoff Miller said: "This award reflects the contribution Jos has made this year in the shorter formats of the game for England and we congratulate him on his achievement."