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England Test recall a shock, admits Rashid

 

By David Clough

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.

It is an unprecedented move by 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.

Rashid, who won the last of his 10 Test caps in Chennai more than 18 months ago, has enjoyed much-improved white-ball international form and guaranteed that he will re-commit long-term to Test cricket.

Smith said: "Adil had confirmed his availability to play Test cricket this summer and for upcoming winter tours.

"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.

"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 said: "It was definitely a tough decision - and yes, I was kind of surprised. Usually people have got to go to their counties and perform to be considered.

"But they were thinking, if I can be available, we'll be happy for me to be in the squad."

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