Jos Buttler completes move to Lancashire
Wicketkeeper Jos Buttler has completed a move to Lancashire after his departure from Somerset was confirmed on Friday.
The 23-year-old, who has played 19 ODIs and 25 Twenty20 matches for England, has moved north to increase his playing time behind the stumps.
Wedmore-raised Buttler was second in the pecking order behind Craig Kieswetter for most of the season at Somerset, who offered him a new deal but refused to guarantee him a regular place as wicketkeeper.
“I am delighted to be joining Lancashire County Cricket Club," 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.
"They have been there or thereabouts in recent seasons in the T20 competition and I know for certain that Lancashire Lightning will want to make a mark in the NatWest T20 next year.
“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.”
Lancashire’s cricket director Mike Watkinson said: “We are delighted to bring Jos to Emirates Old Trafford. He is a regular England International and has demonstrated that he is growing as a cricketer. His talent and ability match our ambitions going forward."
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."