England coach Trevor Bayliss has asserted that Adil Rashid could get a Test call and be selected for the five-match series against India if the leg-spinner changes his mind over red-ball cricket. Rashid picked up six wickets in three-match ODI series against India that England won 2-1. He, along with Moeen Ali, was quite effective, as they kept a check on the Indian batters. Also Read - Former Australia Captain Michael Clarke Heaps Big Praise on Sachin Tendulkar, Calls India Legend 'The Best Batsman I Ever Saw'
He ran through the famed Indian middle-order while picking up the important wicket of a set Virat Kohli on 71 of 72 balls. He beat Kohli with a ball that pitched on leg and hit the off-stump. In some corners, that ball has been touted as the ‘ball of the century’. Also Read - Paine Rejects Clarke's 'Australia Scared to Sledge Kohli' Claim, Says Provocation Brings Out The Best in India Captain
The 30-year-old has, however, not played five-day cricket since December 2016 when he played the last of his 10 Tests, preferring to compete only in 50-over and 20-over formats. Asked whether Rashid would be considered for Test selection if he was playing red-ball cricket, ESPNcricinfo quoted Bayliss as saying: “Possibly. This year is probably the best we’ve seen him bowl. He’s bowled well in one-day cricket over the last few years but his control and his consistency this year has been top class and probably the best I’ve seen him bowl since I’ve been here.” Also Read - Virat Kohli One of The Players You Shouldn't Provoke: Rashid Latif
It is reported that England national selector Ed Smith will talk to Rashid about his controversial decision, made earlier this year, to give up on all red-ball cricket – a move that has led to a strained relationship with his county, Yorkshire.
“(Reconsidering) is a decision he’s got to make. I’m not sure whether (national selector) Ed Smith’s had a chat with him or not. Could he get picked in the Test team on white-ball form? Well, it’s already been proven this year – it’s happened once (with Jos Buttler). So I’m sure he’ll be up for discussion, definitely,” Bayliss added.
India will take on England in five-match Test series scheduled to begin from August 1 in Birmingham.