Jos Buttler arrived at Emirates Old Trafford ahead of the 2014 season in a bid to press his claims for Test match cricket as a wicketkeeper, and it was a decision which quickly paid off.
The now 24-year-old left his native Somerset because the Taunton county opted to give Craig Kieswetter the gloves despite Buttler being England’s wicketkeeper in one-day and Twenty20 cricket.
Buttler knew that he could not put pressure on Test incumbent Matt Prior without keeping in County Championship cricket, hence the move to the North West on a three-year contract.
The signing was a major coup for Lancashire, who decided to replace Gareth Cross towards the end of the 2013 season and make the new signing their number one keeper.
Buttler, born in Taunton, has built a reputation as an exciting wicketkeeper-batsman, with him returning some stunning performances against the white ball.
But Buttler quickly settled into Red Rose life, and he impressed in Championship cricket, particularly with the bat.
It was his fourth first-class century having debuted for Somerset in 2009, ironically against Lancashire at Taunton.
A regular feature in the England Performance Programme and Lions set ups, Buttler debuted for the full team in a Twenty20 match against India at Old Trafford in the summer of 2011.
Buttler’s form for Lancashire in the Championship, for England in limited overs cricket and an injury to Prior, opened the door for him in Test cricket.
He debuted in the third Test of four against India at Southampton in late July, scoring 85 in his first innings. It was one of two fifties in that series, in which he also impressed with the gloves.
Buttler, who scored 633 runs from ten matches for Lancashire in 2014, accepts that there is still plenty of room for improvement in all facets of his game, particularly with his wicketkeeping, which is a frightening thought for international and county opponents.
Buttler spent the majority of 2015 with the England side as the Three Lions won the Ashes but the wicket keeper struggled with his form throughout the summer as was dropped for Jonny Bairstow.
He may have been out of the test reckoning but he proved his worth in the England one-day squads after hitting England’s fastest ever ODI century against Pakistan in the UAE in the winter.
Buttler also showed his worth to Lancashire Lightning with two matching winning performances against Yorkshire Vikings at Headingley hitting 71* off just 35 balls and then a half century against Kent in the NatWest T20 Blast Quarter Finals at Canterbury.