England Test squad: Adil Rashid returns for series against India

Last Updated July 26 2018, 11:45Cricket
Adil Rashid back in the England Test squad
Adil Rashid back in the England Test squad

Adil Rashid has received a shock call-up to the England Test squad to face India next week despite quitting first-class cricket this year.

Uncapped seamer Jamie Porter has also been called up into the 13-man squad but it is Rashid, who is in line to play his first home Test next week, who is the headline selection.

Rashid's inclusion alongside his fellow spinner Moeen Ali, for England's 1,000th Test against India at Edgbaston, comes despite his decision last winter to quit all first-class cricket this year while he prepares for a home World Cup campaign in 2019.

It is therefore an unprecedented move by national selector Ed Smith and his colleagues to pick the 30-year-old Yorkshire leg-spinner - at a time when he has not played a red-ball match for 10 months, with none scheduled for his county either in the foreseeable future.


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Porter's call-up, in place of Chris Woakes - who England believe is still short of his best as he returns from injury and will therefore miss his home Test - is also a surprise.

But it is Rashid's return, after winning the last of his 10 Test caps in Chennai more than 18 months ago, which will dominate the headlines.

It comes on the back of his much-improved white-ball international form of late and follows his personal guarantee to England that he will re-commit long-term to Test cricket.

Smith said: "Adil Rashid returns to the England Test squad.

"Before the selection meeting, Adil had confirmed his availability to play Test cricket for England for whole of this summer and the upcoming winter tours to Sri Lanka and West Indies."

Rashid has to return to first-class game

He spelled out that Rashid's current arrangement can only continue on the understanding he returns to domestic red-ball cricket next summer.

"Following his earlier decision in February 2018, Adil has a white-ball only contract to play for Yorkshire this summer," said Smith

"That arrangement is unchanged by his selection for England.

"However, Adil fully understands that if he wishes to be eligible for Test cricket in the 2019 season, he must have a county contract to play four-day cricket.

"Moving forward, England Test players must be committed to the county championship. Clearly, the one-off circumstances around Adil's return to the Test squad are unusual.

"However, the selection panel was unanimous in believing that Adil should be selected in England's squad."

Rashid's case was underlined when he bowled India captain Virat Kohli with a memorable leg-break as England clinched the one-day international series on his home ground at Headingley last week.

England squad (v India at Edgbaston): JE Root (Captain), MM Ali, JM Anderson, JM Bairstow (wkt), SCJ Broad, JC Buttler, AN Cook, SM Curran, KK Jennings, DJ Malan, JA Porter, AU Rashid, BA Stokes.

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