I do wonder if Malan will move to 3, but really however you stack it that batting line-up looks brittle. Chock full of runs but quite brittle too. I think Smith has decided it’s now or never for Buttler in red ball cricket and he’s such a talent I can’t argue with trying it. I think keeping this group together for the summer will be informative and entertaining at the very least.
As to the bowling, I suspect Wood might start for the same reason as Buttler - to see if this is a genuine quick we want to try and fold into the team, or do we look at someone younger. Either way I think Bess will play too. Reckon we need a spinner at Lord’s.