Ed Smith, England's new national selector, gave us an immediate insight into his thinking by choosing a batsman who has not played a Test for 18 months, who averages only 31 in Test cricket, and who has not featured in first-class cricket this season.
I know from my time working with Ed in the Test Match Special commentary box that he is man who likes flair players - he is a big fan of tennis player Roger Federer, for example.
Buttler certainly fits into that category. Smith described him as a "one of the outstanding talents in world cricket", and Buttler's inclusion in a 12-man squad for the first Test against Pakistan starting next Thursday is a hugely positive move.
He is in sensational form - he has scored 548 runs at an average of almost 55 in the Indian Premier League, which included a record-equalling five successive half-centuries.