Jos Buttler, the England wicketkeeper-batsman, has come out and stated that for players of the current generation playing Test Cricket is still the ultimate priority and is the pinnacle of our sport.
Buttler who was recently selected to play the Test series against Pakistan, starting with the Test match in Lord's, was recently quoted saying about the feel of "another debut" in this format to reporters and said, "It's a fantastic surprise and an incredible opportunity afforded to me, Any time you turn up here at Lord's it's special, and all of those emotions are arriving today. It feels like another debut really, It wasn't particularly on my radar."
Buttler who has played in the whites before for England but was dropped because of some poor form and greater suitability to limited overs cricket.
He talked about this second-coming and said, "You always think maybe that race is run and will never happen again, It's not that you live with regrets, but you definitely miss it. To get that call the overriding emotion was excitement...Turning up here on England duty to play a Test match is unbelievable."
"It's going to be a challenge, but from the conversations I've had with Joe and Ed Smith, it's very much that they want me to play the way that suits me and in the fashion they believe will get the best out of me in that number seven role, For me it's about expressing myself, trusting my instincts and allowing that to flourish rather than fight it,"
This is where the reporters asked him how important Test Cricket is for him. He replied, "Yes it is. And I think it always will be for players of my generation. Virat signing for Surrey to get used to playing in England, to play well in Tests, shows that in the forefront of players’ minds, Tests are still the pinnacle."
"It was really interesting when Kevin Pietersen retired, I remember watching Ian Ward speak to David Lloyd (on Sky Sports). They were talking about his career, and all they spoke about was his Test match knocks... his hundred against South Africa, his hundred at The Oval in 2005, Mumbai or Sri Lanka"
"He played some fantastic white-ball knocks. I think he was player of the tournament when England won the (2010) World Twenty20 -– but for those guys, it was Test matches they were talking about, and I think people still feel that Test matches are the real true test of cricketers. I won't leave with any regrets if it doesn't work out, but I feel like the best players can play all formats."