England selectors have recalled leg-spinner Adil Rashid to the 13-man squad for the first Test against India that will be beginning August 1 in Birmingham.
Rashid played a Test in December 2016 against India in Chennai and has been in great form in white ball cricket this summer taking 20 wickets. He has been instrumental in England’s ODI series victories over Australia and India.
Commenting on Rashid’s surprise selection, England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) national selector Ed Smith, said: “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.”
“Before the selection meeting, Adil had confirmed his availability to play Test cricket for England for whole of this summer and the upcoming winter tours to Sri Lanka and the West Indies,” he added.
“The selection panel felt that 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,” Smith said.