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England one-day wicket-keeper, Jos Butler, could be set to join Lancashire from Somerset ahead of next season’s country cricket campaign.
The 23-year old is out of contract with at the end of this year and talks have already begun with the red rose county about agreeing terms at Old Trafford.
The Division Two champions, who defied the cricket betting odds to secure promotion, have released Gareth Cross, their current ‘keeper, and will be keen to fill his position before they prepare for life back in the top championship after a year absence.
Butler made his international debut against Pakistan early last year and has solidified his spot in the limited overs side. In the recent series against Australia, he hit a career best in an England shirt with a knock of 75 in Manchester.
He then followed that up with an unbeaten 65 in Cardiff which was enough to give his side the victory and level the series at 1-1, before their defeat in the decider at the Rose Bowl.
After making his debut for Somerset in 2009, he has already hit over 2000 runs in first class cricket. He has been a key player in their side in the T20 format of the game, with the bat and behind the stumps.
The right-handed batsman has been competing with Craig Kieswetter at both club and country over the past few years.
Cricket betting pundits have suggested that a move away from Somerset would likely guarantee a regular spot in all formats of the game.
It is also thought that Warwickshire are keen to sign Butler but Manchester may be his preferred destination because both parties are quick off the mark to discuss a possible deal.
He is currently taking part in Somerset’s final Country Championship game of the season against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge.
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Image by Harrias.