Adil Rashid and Jamie Porter given surprise England call-ups for India Test
Adil Rashid is the surprise name in England’s 13-man Test squad to face India next week
Adil Rashid is in line to play his first home Test after his shock recall to a 13-man England squad which also features uncapped seamer Jamie Porter.
Rashid’s inclusion alongside fellow spinner Moeen Ali for England’s 1,000th Test against India at Edgbaston comes despite his decision to quit all first-class cricket while he prepares for next year’s home World Cup campaign.
It is 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.
So we have picked someone who cannot be arsed with 4 day cricket for the Test Team ... Forget whether he is good enough or not I find this decision ridiculous ... !!!— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) July 26, 2018
Porter’s call-up, in place of Warwickshire’s 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 and follows a personal guarantee to England that he will re-commit long-term to Test cricket.
Smith said: “Before the selection meeting, Adil had confirmed his availability to play Test cricket for England for the whole of this summer and upcoming winter tours to Sri Lanka and West Indies.”
Smith 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,” he said. “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.
Porter, meanwhile, has impressed for Essex – in last year’s county championship-winning campaign – and England Lions.
Moeen is back in the Test reckoning for the first time since his miserable Ashes winter, and Somerset spinners Jack Leach and Dom Bess will both join England’s preparations in Birmingham next week – despite being left out of the squad.
Smith added: “The selection panel felt Chris Woakes needed a little more time to regain full form.
“We are keen to avoid rushing him back from injury too soon.
“Chris will combine playing for Warwickshire in T20s alongside building up red-ball fitness and workload with the England coaches.”
Leach has been unfortunate with injuries, a broken thumb on the eve of England’s early-season series against Pakistan preventing him adding to his spring debut against New Zealand in Christchurch
Smith said: “Jack Leach has had an exceptional run of bad luck, which now leaves him short of bowling at the start of the series against India.
“The selection panel felt it was too early for Jack to play in a Test match.”