Rashid’s inclusion alongside his fellow spinner Moeen Ali, for England’s 1,000th Test against India at Edgbaston, comes despite his decision last winter to quit all first-class cricket this year while he prepares for a home World Cup campaign in 2019.
It is therefore an unprecedented move by national selector Ed Smith and his colleagues to pick the 30-year-old Yorkshire leg-spinner – at a time when he has not played a red-ball match for 10 months, with none scheduled for his county either in the foreseeable future.
Porter’s call-up, in place of Chris Woakes – who England believe is still short of his best as he returns from injury and will therefore miss his home Test – is also a surprise.
13-man squad for the first Test match against India at Edgbaston— James Taylor (@jamestaylor20) July 26, 2018
Joe Root (captain)
The paceman is currently working his way back from an ankle injury sustained playing for Nottinghamshire against Worcestershire in the Specsavers County Championship last month.
Having had a few injections, Broad has started to increase his bowling workload this week with a view to playing in Notts’ Division One game against Surrey at Trent Bridge from Sunday.
He is hoping to come through that four-day game unscathed with England taking on India in the first of five Tests at Edgbaston from August 1.
At the age of 32, Broad is in no mood to slow down and has aspirations to follow in the footsteps of his new-ball partner James Anderson.
Asked whether he will still be around after the 2019 Ashes, Broad said: “I think it is quite dangerous to look as far ahead as that. It can take your mind off what is really important.
“I don’t want to look too far ahead, but a huge goal of mine is to regain the Ashes in 2019. That is number one, top of the list, but what is going to make me a better cricketer in the short term, is to be able to be in that team fit and firing and be the guy Rooty (Joe Root) looks to.
“I really need to shorten my mindset and get things that are really reachable now and get things to push towards, rather than look to ends of careers because once you do that you slow down as a person and I am not at the stage of wanting to do that.”
Broad was the subject of criticism following below-par winter tours of Australia and New Zealand.
But he showed signs of regaining his form in the second Test against Pakistan at Headingley last month, taking match figures of six for 66 in an innings victory, before injury struck on county duty.
“I think in 2018 I am averaging 15 or 16 with the ball, something like that,” Broad, who is a Hardy’s ambassador, said.
“I have had a brilliant year stats wise and I feel really good.
“The action is in a good place, I am getting good bounce and good pace and I am bowling at people in the nets I have bowled at for years and they are saying ‘this is the quickest I have seen you bowl for a couple of years’.”
With the schedule as it is this summer, specialist Test players such as Broad, Anderson and Alastair Cook are fresh after seeing little red-ball action.
But Broad accepts rotation in the bowling department may come into skipper Joe Root’s thinking against India.
“It’s very, very dependant on the pitches we get,” he said.
“It is an aim to play all five Test matches and that is why we are trying to go in as fresh as possible.
“But if the pitches play as well as they probably should do with the weather we have had, it would not be unheard of to miss one and I think we will need a bowling unit to win this Test series.”
Despite beating England at home two years ago, India were hammered the last time they toured this country in 2014.
“It is a huge series. We know the quality of their team,” Broad added.
“You only have to look down their one-day team and they have all bases covered. You get a very similar feeling with their red-ball team.
“They completely outplayed us in India in 2016 and I think they are playing a pretty similar side, very much a team Virat Kohli has put together and is driving forward.”
England’s Jonny Bairstow is adamant he and his team-mates are under “no illusions” about their prospects at next year’s ICC World Cup despite the confidence they will take from victory over India.
That they are the competition’s hosts had contributed to their status as favourites, even before back-to-back Joe Root centuries set up a 2-1 ODI series win over the nation widely considered their biggest threat.
The 28-year-old Bairstow was also influential in Tuesday’s decisive success at Headingley but admits England’s fortunes could drastically change before next summer.
“We’re under no illusions that there’s going to be injuries, changes that may potentially be made, and you can’t look too far ahead with conditions,” he told Press Association Sport. “This summer’s been red-hot; next summer might be freezing cold and raining.
“Different conditions, different pitches, stadiums, all contribute to different balances of the team. It’s still 12 months away, there’s still a long way to go. A lot of cricket to be played.
“To beat the number two in the world, there was a lot of pressure coming in with that, a lot of people wrote us off with it. The most pleasing thing in that final game was it was almost like a knockout game in many ways.
“We had to put in a performance, and to set the tone like our opening bowlers did up top after winning the toss and bowling first was really pleasing for us as a team, and naturally I’m really delighted for Rooty, to go and get his 100 at his home ground.
“It was great. Back home in front of a home crowd; the support all the way around the country’s been great. To go back home, to win at Headingley and win the series was great fun.”
England’s improvement since their disappointing performances at the 2015 World Cup owe partly to Bairstow’s performances as their one-day opener and he said: “I’m absolutely delighted.
“The one-day side’s been pretty tough to break into, because people have been playing so well. It’s just been a case of trying to take the opportunities when you can.
“It’s been a bit frustrating at times but now, looking back, those are the things that make you hungrier and the desire a bit stronger to succeed when you do get the opportunity to play.
“There’s 11 important cogs all the way through. Everyone, with different aspects of their game, contributes into us hopefully performing and improving as a side leading into next year’s World Cup.”