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Marcus Trescothick has backed his young Somerset team-mate Jos Buttler to become an England regular.
Buttler has made just one England appearance, however, he is likely to add to that tally this week after being included in a youthful squad to face West Indies in two Twenty20 internationals at The Oval .
The 21-year-old is joined by the likes of Jonny Bairstow, after his impressive match-winning debut in the fifth one-day international against India in Cardiff on Friday, Scott Borthwick, Alex Hales, Ben Stokes and Danny Briggs as England look to the future.
Buttler did his hopes of winning a starting place no harm in the Clydesdale Bank 40 final yesterday when he struck a mature 86 of 73 balls to lead a one-man recovery mission after Somerset's top-order faltered against Surrey.
While the right-hander's innings did not prove enough as his side slipped to a fifth consecutive final defeat it underlined his talent which former England opener Trescothick is confident will see him become a key part of England's future limited overs plans.
"It was great to watch. We've seen enough great times of Jos over the last couple of years to justify him being in the international team," Trescothick said.
"If he can continue to play like that and get the opportunity to play in international games, England supporters are going to see some good performances because he is a serious player."
Despite wickets falling around him Buttler still found a way to score at a run a ball as he opted to pick the gaps rather than unleash the big strokes that have caught the eye during his young career so far.
And Trescothick believes it is that ability to adapt his game to the situation at a young age that sets Buttler apart as a future international.
"He can play some great innings just like that," he added.
"It was quite reserved for Jos. We've all seen it when he bangs it left, right and centre out of the ground.
"It was very mature. It was the perfect knock for the situation of the game."
With England's defence of the World Twenty20 looming large next year this week's matches will provide Buttler and his young team-mates with an important chance to impress.
Team director Andy Flower is keen to form his team ahead of the tournament in Sri Lanka, with only a handful of Twenty20 internationals scheduled to be played before then.
The first of this week's two day-night Twenty20 international against West Indies will be played at The Oval on Friday.