England v India: Adil Rashid named in squad for first Test at Edgbaston

Adil Rashid
Adil Rashid has not played Test cricket for England since December 2016 against India
England v India, first Test
Venue: Edgbaston Date: 1-5 August Time: 11:00 BST
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Leg-spinner Adil Rashid has been included in England's squad for the first Test against India, despite saying he wanted to concentrate on limited-overs cricket.

Rashid, 30, signed a white-ball-only contract with Yorkshire in February but said he "was not finished" with the longer form of the game.

Yorkshire said they are "surprised" and ex-England captain Michael Vaughan called the decision "ridiculous".

The Edgbaston Test begins on 1 August.

All-rounder Moeen Ali is included, while Essex pace bowler Jamie Porter has been called up for the first time.

Somerset spinners Dom Bess and Jack Leach will train with the squad, but all-rounder Chris Woakes is not yet ready after suffering quad and knee injuries in May.

Rashid has been a key fixture of England's limited-overs side and opted to focus solely on white-ball cricket for the 2018 season.

He has taken 38 wickets in 10 Tests but has not played since the tour of India in December 2016.

Moeen, who was dropped from the side after a difficult winter, took 5-107 for Worcestershire in the County Championship on Tuesday.

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England squad for first Test

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

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Rashid returns - to Yorkshire's surprise

Rashid is seen as a key member of England's one-day side but he has not played any first-class cricket since September 2017.

He missed out on selection for England's Ashes tour of Australia and he and one-day batsman Alex Hales signed white-ball only contracts with their counties before the 2018 season began.

He has taken 18 wickets at an average of 22.61 in England's one-day series victories over Australia and India this summer.

Rashid said after the series win against India that he was willing to consider playing Test cricket, despite his focus on the white-ball game.

"Clearly, the one-off circumstances around Adil's return to the Test squad are unusual," national selector Ed Smith said.

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

Smith added that Rashid's contract with Yorkshire was unchanged by his inclusion in the Test squad.

Mark Arthur, the chief executive of Yorkshire, said: "We're very surprised that England have called Adil up after not playing red-ball cricket this season. Neither has he expressed a desire to do so.

"I hope England know what they're doing to Adil, and the county game."

Ex-England skipper Vaughan posted on social media: "Forget whether he is good enough or not, I find this decision ridiculous."

Analysis

BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew

Yorkshire were reduced to borrowing Warwickshire's Josh Poysden to bowl wrist-spin in this week's Roses match.

Rashid has clearly fallen out with Yorkshire but his stock has suddenly risen, thanks to a dry summer and a single delivery that bowled Virat Kohli in the one-day decider.

With Leach returning slowly after injury, Smith said these are exceptional circumstances and next year only players contracted for red-ball cricket will be chosen.

Somerset tweet that includes three emojis of inquisitive faces
Somerset - the county where Dom Bess and Jack Leach play - posted this after the squad announcement

Places for Porter and Moeen in 13-man squad

Moeen has taken 133 wickets and scored five centuries in 50 Test appearances for England, but was dropped in March after a disappointing tour of Australia and New Zealand.

As with Rashid, he has impressed in England's recent limited-overs series and took eight wickets in Worcestershire's match against Somerset this week.

Smith said it was felt it was "too early" for Bess and Leach, who played against Pakistan and New Zealand respectively, to feature against India.

"Since breaking his thumb in May, Jack has bowled only 37 overs in county or Lions cricket since first being injured," Smith said.

"For different reasons, unfortunately Dom has also found opportunities scarce in Championship cricket. They will both practise fully with the squad."

Porter, 25, took 75 wickets at an average of 16.83 as Essex won the County Championship for the first time in 25 years in 2017.

He took three wickets against India A for the England Lions in June, including that of India Test opener Murali Vijay.

Smith described him as the "outstanding seam bowler in the County Championship over the past three seasons".

Surrey seamer Sam Curran retains his spot but there is no place for Durham pace bowler Mark Wood, who underwent a scan for a heel problem on Wednesday.

England v India Test series fixtures

1-5 August 1st Test, Edgbaston (11:00 BST)

9-13 August 2nd Test, Lord's (11:00)

18-22 August 3rd Test, Trent Bridge (11:00)

30 August-3 September 4th Test, Southampton (11:00)

7-11 September 5th Test, The Oval (11:00)

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