Buttler relishing 'another Test debut' with England
London: Buttler had said getting a recall to England's Test squad feels as if he had been given "another debut".
Buttler played the last of his 18 Tests in December 2016, against India in Chennai.
But despite becoming a white-ball specialist in the intervening 18 months, he has been included in England's squad for the first Test against Pakistan at Lord's starting Thursday.
It is Buttler's form in the Twenty20 Indian Premier League, rather than English cricket's first-class County Championship that has propelled him back into the Test arena following a run of five successive fifties, including two unbeaten 90s, for the Rajasthan Royals.
Now, he is set to bat at number seven in the first of a two-Test series against Pakistan.
"It's a fantastic surprise and an incredible opportunity afforded to me," Buttler told reporters at Lord's on Monday.
"Any time you turn up here at Lord's it's special, and all of those emotions are arriving today. It feels like another debut really," he added.
"It wasn't particularly on my radar." Buttler, 27, admitted he had contemplated that his Test career might be done and dusted.
"You always think maybe that race is run and will never happen again," the innovative ball-striker added.