Twitterati question Adil Rashid’s Test comeback after opting out of red-ball cricket

Twitterati question Adil Rashid’s Test comeback after opting out of red-ball cricket

The first Test match starts on August 1 in Birmingham.

England v India - 3rd ODI: Royal London One-Day Series
Adil Rashid. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) picked a 13-man squad for the first Test against India on Thursday. The selectors made a bold move by including Adil Rashid in the squad after the leg-spinner had denied signing a first-class contract with his county and had clearly stated his little interest in red-ball cricket. His recall was completely based on the fact that he troubled most Indian batsmen in the limited-overs leg of the tour especially Virat Kohli.

The English summer is at its peak and Rashid is their best option to exploit the dryness in the wickets. There are no major changes in the line-up as the home team has opted for a full body pace attack with two spinners in Rashid and Moeen Ali. The final selection on what the bowling combination will be would depend on the nature of the wicket and the climate.

Rashid while signing only a white-ball contract with Yorkshire had said: “It was a decision made purely because of how I felt playing red-ball cricket at this time. My mind’s not there, my heart’s not there.”

As far as the rest of the squad is concerned – Keaton Jennings will be Alastair Cook’s opening partner followed by skipper Joe Root at No.3. Root’s form in the ODI series will certainly reflect when he takes the field in whites and commands his troops. Along with them the two wicketkeepers Jonny Bairstow and Jos Buttler are also the men in form. Their middle and lower order batting will revolve around the duo.

The bowling looks tight with James Anderson and Stuart Broad at the front – Sam Curran and Ben Stokes form the second line among the seamers. 25-year-old Essex pacer Jamie Porter who is yet to make his debut is another option in hand. 

England squad for the first Test:

Joe Root (C), Alastair Cook, Keaton Jennings, Dawid Malan, Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Jos Buttler, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Adil Rashid, James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Jamie Porter

Here is how Twitterati reacted to the English selection:

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