Thursday, September 10, 2009

Butler rules out Test return... for now

Fresh from his successful return to one-day internationals, Ian Butler has played down suggestions that he could soon make a comeback to Test cricket.

Butler made his ODI return in March following a five-year absence due to injuries. After coming through the India one-dayers without any hiccups, he continued his comeback against Sri Lanka in the first match of the tri-series.

The 27-year-old successfully teamed up with two other comeback kids in Shane Bond and Daryl Tuffey in Tuesday's match, and he admits he is delighted that their hard work paid off.

"People would have said we'd never be back - it just shows how hard the guys have worked," Butler told NZPA.

"It's really good to get back together. While we were all out injured we kept each other going."

While Bond, who has been in Test cricket wilderness following his stint with the ICL, is being lined up for a return to the longer format of the game, Butler says playing Test cricket is not an option at the moment.

"You have to be able to bowl 20 overs and maybe another 20 the next," he said. "That's tough for anyone, never mind someone who gets stiff the next day.

"It's probably out of the question but I've learnt how to manage the body and if I can keep improving I'm not writing it (a ninth Test cap) off."

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