Adil Rashid will start in England's Specsavers Test against India at Edgbaston

Adil Rashid
Adil Rashid

Adil Rashid will be the lone spinner in England's line-up for the opening Specsavers Test against India at Edgbaston.

The selection of Rashid has proved divisive due to the leg-spinner signing a white-ball only deal with Yorkshire earlier this year, with Michael Vaughan and Geoffrey Boycott highly critical of the decision.

But the England and Wales Cricket Board announced the leg-spinner will earn his 11th Test cap, and first on home soil, when England begin their marquee Test series of the summer against Virat Kohli's side on Wednesday.

Fellow spinner Moeen Ali had been tipped for a return to the Test side but will miss out, alongside Essex seamer Jamie Porter, in the final XI.

Jos Buttler has been confirmed as England's vice-captain for the five-match series.

Buttler made a surprise return to the Test fold earlier this summer but is clearly well-respected in the England ranks and is deputy to Eoin Morgan in the white-ball formats.

James Anderson has assisted Test captain Joe Root since the start of the last Ashes series after Ben Stokes was stood down from the role following an alleged late-night incident outside a Bristol nightclub last September.

Related cricket links

Most Read

The latest from the back pages1

Monday's Paper Talk

Paris Saint-Germain are ready to swoop on David de Gea as he stalls on a new Manchester United contract, according to the back pages.

We preview today's horse racing action2

Monday's racing preview

Nick Robson provides a selection for every race on Monday, with William Haggas fancied to saddle a winner at Kempton.

Nap Of The Day3

Daily Nap: Mr Loverman...

Ben Coley heads to Windsor for Monday's nap, with two other selections put forward from the card at Yarmouth.

Spain host England in the Nations League4

Nations League betting preview

The Nations League continues on Monday with England and Northern Ireland both in action. We pick out some of our best bets.

Find out what's caught our eye today5

Monday's Talking Points

Ben Coley takes a break from being a slightly out-of-form golf tipster to look at Monday's racing talking points.

Most Read

The latest from the back pages1

Monday's Paper Talk

Paris Saint-Germain are ready to swoop on David de Gea as he stalls on a new Manchester United contract, according to the back pages.

We preview today's horse racing action2

Monday's racing preview

Nick Robson provides a selection for every race on Monday, with William Haggas fancied to saddle a winner at Kempton.

Nap Of The Day3

Daily Nap: Mr Loverman...

Ben Coley heads to Windsor for Monday's nap, with two other selections put forward from the card at Yarmouth.

Spain host England in the Nations League4

Nations League betting preview

The Nations League continues on Monday with England and Northern Ireland both in action. We pick out some of our best bets.

Find out what's caught our eye today5

Monday's Talking Points

Ben Coley takes a break from being a slightly out-of-form golf tipster to look at Monday's racing talking points.

Racing Tips

Check out what's being backed with Sky Bet

The Market Place: Deadly duo

We round up the essential details from the Sky Bet trading room including all today's racing Price Boosts.

We preview today's horse racing action

Monday's racing preview

Nick Robson provides a selection for every race on Monday, with William Haggas fancied to saddle a winner at Kempton.

Nap Of The Day

Daily Nap: Mr Loverman...

Ben Coley heads to Windsor for Monday's nap, with two other selections put forward from the card at Yarmouth.

Next Race Off

13:30 Yarmouth
5
(6)
Hypnos
J: J P Spencer
9
(9)
In The Cove
J: Rossa Ryan
10
(2)
Pageant Master
J: Louis Steward

Football Tips

Spain host England in the Nations League

Nations League betting preview

The Nations League continues on Monday with England and Northern Ireland both in action. We pick out some of our best bets.

Enable storms to victory in the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe

Sporting Life Tipping Record

A look at how the Sporting Life recommended bets have performed in October 2018.

Get your bets on!

Our best bets

Check out all of our available betting tips and previews of the forthcoming sporting action.