Buttler returns as England's vice-captain

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Jos Buttler will return as England's vice-captain and wicketkeeper for Friday's fifth Test against India, leaving Jonny Bairstow sweating over his place.

Buttler missed the 157-run defeat at The Oval to be present at the birth of his second child but has returned to the squad at Old Trafford.

Captain Joe Root confirmed he would make an immediate return to the side, meaning one of Bairstow or Ollie Pope will have to drop out.

Root also confirmed Moeen Ali remained the side's number one spinner. Jack Leach has been recalled for the match but is relying on a turning track in Manchester to get into the side as a second spin option.

Explaining the decision to go straight back to Buttler, who has averaged 14.40 with the bat, Root said: "He's the vice-captain of this team. He is integral to what we're about.

"I know his output in terms of runs this series hasn't been as high as he would have liked, or as we would like, but we know what a great player he is.

"I think Jonny knew exactly what the scenario was when given the opportunity to keep last week."

On Leach's prospects of making his first appearance of the summer, Root added: "I'd say Moeen is our first spinner, yes.

"I'm sure Jack will be desperate to take an opportunity if granted one, but we've not seen the pitches.

"We know what you can get sometimes here at Old Trafford, it can spin and that could be an option that we have to look at with two spinners."

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