England head coach Chris Silverwood admitted Adil Rashid is on the radar for England’s Test side but must show the desire to play in the longer format.
The 32-year old’s exhilarating performances with white-ball in hand have again provoked the discussion over his inclusion in the Test side. Rashid has not played a first-class match since his last outing for England against the West Indies in January 2019.
White-ball specialist Rashid was England’s best bowler in the third Twenty20 defeat to Australia, claiming 3 for 21 off his four overs almost tilting the game in England’s favour before the Aussies scraped home.
Rashid also has impressed in the ODI series with the leg-spinner taking 3 crucial wickets in the series thus far and proving handy further with the bat scoring 35 not out in the second match to enhanced calls for Rashid to be reinstated in the Test side.
Silverwood revealed ‘conversations are ongoing’ about the prospect of returning to the side for the winter tours of Sri Lanka and India but he did reiterate he would like to see him with a red-ball in hand before ha decision was made; which was also echoed by national selector Ed Smith who indicated the leg-spinner was on their radar but wanted Rashid to show his desire to play red-ball cricket again.
With the Bob Willis Trophy coming to a close and Yorkshire seemingly out of contention to win, Rashid’s only chance may come in a red-ball training camp in the UAE. ‘There’s a possibility of a red-ball camp with some competitive games later in the year,’ Silverwood stated.
There is no denying the skill the Yorkshire man has with ball in hand, but converting it into the longer format of the game has seen Rashid only hold 19 caps and concentrate purely on white-ball cricket.
Another issue is Rashid’s continual shoulder problems which he suffered throughout the summer of 2019 and needed cortisone injections to get him through the World Cup. After the World Cup final, he missed the remainder of the season to nurse his injury and get back to full fitness.
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