England's Stuart Broad welcomes Adil Rashid's controversial Test recall

Andy Sims 27/07/2018
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Stuart Broad has welcomed Adil Rashid‘s controversial recall to the England Test squad.

Leg-spinner Rashid has been selected in the 13-man squad to face India at Edgbaston next week despite his self-imposed exile from county cricket.

Rashid currently only has a limited-overs contract with Yorkshire having turned his back on the longer form of the game.

The 30-year-old has not played red-ball cricket all season but Broad feels he can still transfer his sparkling one-day form – Rashid took 20 wickets in the recent series wins against Australia and India – to the Test arena.

“I’ve never bowled spin and never been out of red-ball cricket for an extended period of time,” said Broad.

“One thing is for sure, though, he’s bowled beautifully in the one-day series.

“I know it’s easy to say it’s a very different format with different strategies and all that sort of thing, but you can see he has got wicket-taking balls in him and he’s come through a couple of years of wonderful white-ball bowling which will give him a lot of confidence at the top level.”

National selector Ed Smith made it clear that in order to be eligible for Test selection next year Rashid must return to the four-day game domestically.

Rashid won the last of his 10 Test caps in Chennai more than 18 months ago, but he underlined his case for a recall by bowling India captain Virat Kohli with a memorable leg-break at Headingley last week.

Nevertheless, the decision prompted an angry response from Rashid’s county Yorkshire, whose chief executive Mark Arthur said: “We’re very surprised that England have called Adil up after not playing red-ball cricket this season.

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“Neither has he expressed a desire to do so. I hope that England know what they’re doing to Adil, and the county game.”

Former England captain Michael Vaughan – an ex-team-mate of Rashid’s for Yorkshire – is also against the move and says it is a “stab in the back for county cricket.”

Writing in the Telegraph, he added: “It basically says our county game, the finishing school for our cricketers, does not matter any more and that it is irrelevant.”

Referring to the ongoing discussions about the proposed ‘Hundred’ competition, he said: “The ECB has to be careful. It is running out of friends.”

Smith countered: “I believe strongly in the county game’s value. The other selections are strongly anchored in county cricket.

“Jamie Porter has been the outstanding seam bowler for the last three seasons.”

Essex seamer Porter won his first call-up for what will be England’s 1,000th Test match.

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Adil Rashid has hit back at Michael Vaughan following the former England captain’s criticism of his Test recall and accused his county Yorkshire of being “disrespectful” in their reaction to the news.

Leg-spinner Rashid has been selected in the 13-man squad to face India at Edgbaston next week despite his self-imposed exile from county cricket.

Rashid, who won the last of his 10 Test caps in Chennai more than 18 months ago, currently only has a limited-overs contract with Yorkshire having turned his back on the longer form of the game.

The 30-year-old has not played red-ball cricket all season, but his sparkling one-day form – Rashid took 20 wickets in the recent series wins against Australia and India – has earned him a shock recall to the Test arena.

His selection has not gone down well with Vaughan, an ex-team-mate of Rashid’s for Yorkshire, who described his selection as “stab in the back for county cricket.”

Writing in the Telegraph, he added: “It basically says our county game, the finishing school for our cricketers, does not matter any more and that it is irrelevant.”

Rashid, though, claimed Vaughan was “talking nonsense” and his opinions “did not matter to anybody”.

“When I mentioned at the start of the year I will not be playing red-ball cricket, he tweeted something then,” he said in an interview with BBC Sport. “He was being controversial and saying his stupid things then too.

Controversial comments: Michael Vaughan.

“I don’t think he has an agenda against me. I played under and with him but sometimes ex-players come out and start talking nonsense about current players.

“There will be people out there who are not happy. There will be haters, like the pundits who are saying it is a disgrace. That is not my fault.”

Vaughan was far from the only critical voice. Yorkshire chief executive Mark Arthur said the county were “very surprised” by Rashid’s recall.

The player responded by casting doubt on his future at Headingley.

He said: “They might be disappointed for various reasons, but it would have been nice if the chief executive or head coach could have said, ‘Well done, congratulations on being selected, good on you’, as opposed to being angry and upset for not playing red-ball cricket for them, even though I told them I would not be doing so.

“I did not do anything wrong in that sense. There is no reason for Yorkshire to react like this. It was not something I expected or wanted.

“It would have been nice to have got the support from your county or the people close to you, but if they do not want to give their support, that is their problem.

“I don’t need anybody’s support in that situation. I know what I want to do and achieve.

“If I give 100 per cent and it goes well, it goes well. If it doesn’t then I will still be happy.

“If they treat me like they have done, don’t see any value in me and are disrespectful to me, I have to think about the future in terms of which county I play for.”

National selector Ed Smith has made it clear that in order to be eligible for Test selection next year Rashid must return to the four-day game domestically.

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Adil Rashid is back in the England Test squad

Adil Rashid is in line to play his first home Test next week after his shock recall to a 13-man England squad which also features uncapped seamer Jamie Porter.

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.

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