Somerset hopeful Buttler set to profit from Kieswetter's England heroics
Somerset are set to hand 19-year-old Jos Buttler the chance to replace Craig Kieswetter.
The South Africa-born wicketkeeper's success for England this winter looks set to leave a big hole in the Somerset CCC team.
Kieswetter is seen as a near-certain selection for the World Twenty20 tournament in the West Indies in April and May and he is set to make his one-day international debut against Bangaldesh in Dhaka on Sunday.
Somerset CCC are likely to reject the option of signing an experienced wicketkeeper to cover for Kieswetter's absence and instead Buttler, who is from Wedmore, will be handed the chance to step up, having made two appearances for Somerset last summer and one in the Champions League in India in October.
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After that, Buttler was part of the England Under-19 squad for the World Cup in New Zealand in January.
He was second choice keeper on that trip and was not always a gloveman during his junior career.
But director of cricket Brian Rose feels Buttler, who is a highly-rated batsman, is more than up to the task.
"Jos has got good reports from the England Under-19 set-up and he's in the same position as Kieswetter was in three years ago," said Rose.
"We didn't have any hesitation in playing Craig and I think we will go along the same process of playing Jos.
"I have been talking to Jos about the amount of work he has to do in the next two months and he can see the writing on the wall with Craig likely to go to the Caribbean."
The World Twenty20 begins on April 30 and concludes on May 16.
Somerset CCC are still hoping to sign an overseas bowler to cover for the absence of Murali Kartik for the first month or so of the season when he is playing in the Indian Premier League.
Meanwhile, Somerset all-rounder Pete Trego had the impressive figures of 1-24 from nine overs as England Lions restricted Pakistan A to 231-8 in the second 50-over international in Dubai.
Trego was then promoted to open the batting but made just four as England won by three wickets thanks to 110 from Michael Lumb. The result squared the series with one more match to play.
Gloucestershire paceman Steve Kirby was again left out of the Lions' team.