ENG vs IND 2018: Adil Rashid close to getting a Test recall against India, says Trevor Bayliss

The Test series starts August 1.

Adil Rashid. (Getty)

Adil Rashid's recent success in the limited overs series against India has made the England selectors rethink over giving him a go in the Test series against India. 

The 30-year-old has not played five-day cricket since December 2016 when he played the last of his 10 Tests, preferring to compete only in 50-over and 20-over formats.

Asked whether Rashid would be considered for Test selection if he was playing red-ball cricket, Bayliss said: "Possibly. This year is probably the best we've seen him bowl. He's bowled well in one-day cricket over the last few years but his control and his consistency this year has been top class and probably the best I've seen him bowl since I've been here."

"(Reconsidering) is a decision he's got to make. I'm not sure whether (national selector) Ed Smith's had a chat with him or not. Could he get picked in the Test team on white-ball form? Well, it's already been proven this year - it's happened once (with Jos Buttler). So I'm sure he'll be up for discussion, definitely."

Adil Rashid can forge a deadly combination with Moeen Ali who took 19 wickets and totally tormented India during their last tour in 2014. Rashid is the leading wicket-taker in one-day and Twenty20 internationals for England this summer, with 25 victims, including Virat Kohli at Headingley on Tuesday with a sharply-turning delivery that left India's captain awestruck.

That one particular dismissal has once again given the England selectors hope of recalling him in this five-match vigil where if he plays he is expected to play a defining role for England. 

England are yet to announce their squad for the Test series against India and there is certainly a place for Rashid in the playing XI. 

(Inputs from Cricketnext)


By Anshuman Roy - 20 Jul, 2018

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