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Buttler to make most of Red Rose move

Jos Buttler spoke to ecb.co.uk following the completion of his move to Lancashire

Jos Buttler believes that his move to Lancashire will boost his chances of becoming a regular for England across all formats.

The 23-year-old is a regular in the limited-overs formats in the national side but harbours dreams of breaking into the Test team.

He decided to up sticks and leave home county Somerset following the 2012 season, having been unable to dislodge Craig Kieswetter from behind the stumps, and joined LV= County Championship Division Two winners Lancashire.

Speaking to ecb.co.uk, Buttler - who will tour Australia with the England Performance Programme this winter - admitted he was forced to leave to pursue his dream of playing for the Test side.

“I want to be a wicketkeeper and the chance I’ve got in the England team is as a wicketkeeper,” he said. “It’s important that I’m keeping wicket every game.

Jos Buttler, pictured taking the attack to Australia this summer, has proven himself at international level in the one-day game“Obviously I wasn’t going to get that (at Somerset) so I had to look elsewhere. I’m really excited about Lancashire and the chance to work with Peter Moores and I’m really excited about how far I can go with this brilliant opportunity.”

Moores himself was a fine wicketkeeper during his playing career with Sussex and his involvement was key in persuading Buttler to move to Emirates Old Trafford.

“Once I’d sat down with him and Mike Watkinson and listened to their passion for Lancashire and the plans they had looking forward it got me very excited about being a part of that,” said Buttler.

“Once I walked away from that meeting I knew that that was something I was very excited about. I can’t wait to get started now. it will be great for me to get in with the lads and start to become part of the team.”

While Buttler’s aim is to be involved with the England Test team, he is aware of the need to impress in the four-day game for his new county.

He said: “I think (Test cricket) is still the pinnacle of the game and everybody’s ambitious to play at that level. I’m well aware I’ve got a bit of a way to go in the red-ball game but the start of this summer I targeted my four-day game and was getting some really good returns.

“I tailed off a little bit at the end of the season - I was a bit more in and out and didn’t quite have the flow of games - but at the start of the season I was really pleased with my form in four-day cricket and I look to continue and work on that this winter and have a really strong year next year.”

But before he can start life with his new side, he will be travelling Down Under next month with the England Development Programme, who will play two three-day matches against local teams. 

It will be the youngster’s first visit to Australia and he cannot wait to get the tour under way.

“I’m really looking forward to it,” he said. “Obviously with the Ashes tour taking place there as well I’m sure it will be a great place to be and very exciting.”

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