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India v England: Michael Vaughan tells Joe Root to reverse Jos Buttler decision

Michael Vaughan wants Jos Buttler to stay in India despite being scheduled for a rest (Picture: BCCI)

Michael Vaughan says he ‘really hopes’ Jos Buttler stays in India after helping England win the first Test by 227 runs.

As part of the ECB’s rotation policy during a hectic year, Buttler is set to return home in the next few days ahead of the second Test in Chennai which starts on Saturday.

But former captain Vaughan told BBC Test Match Special: ‘I just wish England would change their mind and let Jos Buttler play the second Test. This is special.’

Buttler scored 54 runs during England’s emphatic victory in Chennai and impressed with the gloves as India were beaten at home for only the second time since 2013.

But England confirmed ahead of the tour that Buttler would return home after the opening Test. Jonny Bairstow, Sam Curran and Mark Wood have also been rested for the first-half of the series.

England will play 17 Test matches in 2021 and Eoin Morgan’s white-ball squad – of which Buttler is a key player – will compete for the T20 World Cup at the end of the year.

Vaughan added: ‘I get the bubble and they need time back at home but when you’ve just gone 1-0 up and are playing at the same venue in a few days time, surely you want to go with the same team?

Vaughan was impressed by England’s win in Chennai (Picture: Getty)

‘It’s almost impossible to win a Test series in India so surely Buttler would want to be a part of it and surely England want to keep this ground together?

‘Miss the ODIs and T20s, winning a Test series in India will mean so much more.’

England produced a brilliant performance in the first India Test, with Joe Root, Dom Sibley and Ben Stokes among the runs and Dom Bess, Jack Leach and James Anderson starring with the ball.

India were outplayed in the series opener (Picture: Getty)

Root’s side sealed a series sweep in Sri Lanka before touring India and Vaughan said: ‘The England team have got something going.

‘They’re playing the right way. Now the pressure is on because we expect it every week and it probably won’t be possible in the next few weeks in these conditions.

‘India will get better, we know that. But winning a Test series in India, when Alastair Cook did it, I put it as one of England’s best ever victories.’

Joe Root’s stunning double century put India on the back foot (Picture: Getty)

Root was awarded the Player of the Match award in Chennai after scoring an exceptional double century and captaining England to a famous win.

‘Joe is a wonderful player and a fantastic captain,’ Vaughan added.

‘It’s taking him time, this last year and a half Chris Silverwood has given him a boost. They’ve worked out a formula to play Test cricket.’

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