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Lancashire bag Buttler

Division Two champions Lancashire have confirmed the signing of England international Jos Buttler from Somerset.

The 23-year-old, who has played 19 one-day internationals and 25 T20 internationals, opted to leave his local side in a bid to further his career as a wicketkeeper, having been unable to dislodge Craig Kieswetter behind the stumps at Taunton.

The wicketkeeper-batsman is closing in on 4,000 runs in limited-overs cricket and has passed 2,000 in first-class cricket.

Jos Buttler, pictured during this season's FLt20, will "add value to the team in all formats of the game," according to Peter MooresHe impressed during the NatWest Series this summer, hitting a match-winning 65 not out and taking three catches at the SWALEC Stadium.

"I am delighted to be joining Lancashire,” said Buttler. “They have a strong squad and are very ambitious to build on this season's achievement. The club has an exceptional coaching staff which will help me to continue to develop as a keeper-batsman.

"Emirates Old Trafford is a world-class venue and has tremendous state-of-the-art facilities for cricketers. I really enjoyed playing there earlier this month for England and hope to be involved in next year's one-day international against Sri Lanka.

"Lancashire have a talented group of players who will be looking to challenge for all three competitions.

"Finally, I want to pay a special thanks to everybody at Somerset. I thoroughly enjoyed my time there and will leave with plenty of good memories."

Head coach Peter Moores added: "It is great news Jos will be joining us and he will become part of a highly competitive squad.

"His style of cricket will add value to the team in all formats of the game and his potential as a player is very exciting."

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