Despite an impressive outing in the recently-concluded limited-overs series, leg-spinner Adil Rashid has failed to get the nod of former England skipper Nasser Hussain for the upcoming five-match Test series against India. The 30-year-old had already called it quits in the longest format of the game but his recent form with the ball has forced the English selectors to convince him for the much-hyped series versus top-ranked India. Since the start of 2016, Rashid has taken 119 Championship wickets, that is also a reason why he is considered.
But, Hussain does not seem to be for the idea of Rashid coming out of his retirement to play for England in the 1st Test at Edgbaston. The talk in the English camp has revolved around who will be the spinners, will Rashid be approached by national selector Ed Smith, who has shown interest in the idea. Hussain in his column for an English media house reveals that he wants to see Rashid on the sidelines and not in the playing XI, and it is totally contrary to what the general consensus is.
Here are a couple of excerpts of his column:
Yes, Rashid has suggested he would be prepared to resume his international career in all formats. But I’m not sure that’s the way it works, Adil. You have to make yourself available for your county, play some red-ball cricket, then see if the selectors pick you.
I haven’t got a problem with Rashid. It’s his career and I felt he was a little hard done by at the end of the India tour 18 months ago.
Now, if he wants to play Test cricket again, he needs to turn out in the County Championship.
Former English captain Michael Vaughan has also not supported the idea.
Meanwhile, English skipper Joe Root is still in a dilemma over the Adil Rashid scenario, as Indians are good players of spin and can pick runs quickly if they get a hang of him. Trevor Bayliss and Ed Smith seem to be the ones in favour of the leggie for the Edgbaston Test.
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Moeen Ali and Somerset’s off-spinner Dom Bess would also be in the reckoning but given the form Rashid is in, he is an easy choice for a spot in the England starting XI. It is going to be interesting to see who features in the squad and who miss the call. England will also have migraines in deciding who partners Cook at the top of the order. Also, they will have to take a call on Ben Stokes.