England v India Test series: Joe Root's unwanted record and other key stats

Ashish Peter 31/07/2018
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Test centuries have been eluding the England skipper of late.

The buildup to the upcoming Test series between England and India has been intense. If the five Tests live up to those expectations, fans of both sides could be in for a feast.

The series will see the No1 ranked Indians take on the No5 ranked hosts while two of the very best Test batsmen in the world in the form of Joe Root and Virat Kohli lead their respective sides.

Here, we take a look at some key statistics ahead of the potential blockbuster.

19 – It has been exactly 19 months since leg-spinner Adil Rashid last played a Test match for England.

1 – Under Kohli’s captaincy, India have played only one overseas Test series outside Asia. It ended in a 1-2 defeat to South Africa.

3 – Number of Test series won by India in England. They have lost 13 of the 17 Test series in England.

1000 – The Edgbaston Test will be the 1,000th played by England in its history. They will become the first team to do so.

Edgbaston will play host to England's 1,000th Test match.

Edgbaston will play host to England’s 1,000th Test match.

2.7 – The average number of wickets England pacer James Anderson picks up in the first innings at Birmingham.

1 – The number of surviving members from the Indian squad which last won a Test series in England (2007).  Only Dinesh Karthik remains.

Only Karthik (l) remains from India's victorious 2007 squad.

Only Karthik (l) remains from India’s victorious 2007 squad.

2 – The number of Tests England have won in their last 10 encounters. The wins came against Pakistan and West Indies.

0 – The number of centuries Joe Root has registered in his last 10 Tests. His most recent ton came against Windies last summer.

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Alastair Cook backs Adil Rashid to overcome England Test selection controversy and deliver against India

David Clough 30/07/2018
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Alastair Cook (l) with Adil Rashid.

Alastair Cook insists Adil Rashid is mature enough to handle the occasion of his controversial Test recall.

The former England captain concedes the leg-spinner might in his younger years have found it tough to set aside the furore which has followed his shock inclusion in a 13-man squad to face India at Edgbaston this week.

But Cook senses that at 30, and after the sustained white-ball improvement which persuaded national selector Ed Smith that Rashid may be worth a punt in England’s 1,000th Test, the Yorkshireman can cope with the spotlight.

Rashid found himself in the eye of a storm after Smith risked inevitable flak by naming him despite his limited-overs only status since he announced five months ago his new club contract would cover no first-class cricket.

Among those to make their displeasure clear were Yorkshire themselves and ex-England skipper Michael Vaughan – who as an outspoken pundit these days, described the situation as “ridiculous” and a “stab in the back” for county cricket.

Asked if Rashid may find it difficult to give his best in such exacting circumstances, Cook said: “I think probably in the past he would have.

“(But) over the last 18 months I think he’s matured as a cricketer and improved since we last saw him in an England Test shirt.

“I think he’ll be fine. Clearly he’s going to be nervous but I genuinely think he will cope, he’s bowling brilliantly.”

Cook voiced his sympathy too for Rashid, who has had to deal with aggravation rather than being allowed to celebrate his first call-up since the last of his 10 previous caps in December 2016.

“In one sense, I feel a little bit sorry for Adil – all the political side of the selection, rather than looking at him,” Cook said.

“He’s been selected to play for England, which is a huge honour, and all this other stuff has overtaken it.

“I can understand why it’s caused a bit of fuss. But you just have to get on with it and I think we should be concentrating on the positives, rather than the negatives.

“We’ve got a different style of English spinner, with a little bit of mystery to him, who’s bowling really well.

“That is what we should be excited about – not really what’s happening with the off-field stuff, Yorkshire and all that.”

Cook does not believe a significant precedent has been set to clear the way for what will be Rashid’s first Test on home soil if he makes the XI on Wednesday.

“I don’t think it will happen very many times again,” he said.

“Obviously, Ed said you need to be playing red-ball cricket [to be selected in future] – and I think that’s right. But sometimes in exceptional circumstances, selection goes a different way than you would like – and obviously Ed and the selectors have made a brave call.”

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Yorkshire boss Martyn Moxon wants England board to show more respect to counties

Phil Blanche 29/07/2018
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Adil Rashid's England Test selection has put his county Yorkshire in a spot.

Yorkshire boss Martyn Moxon has urged the England and Wales Cricket Board to show more respect to the 18 first-class counties following the Adil Rashid affair.

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.

“Our disappointment is not that Adil has been picked for England, we wish him well and hopefully he will be successful,” Yorkshire director of cricket Moxon told BBC Radio 5 Live‘s Sportsweek programme.

“Our disappointment is more the lack of communication and consultation that we’ve had in the background to this decision, but it’s not just about Yorkshire.

“I’m the representative of the coaches and directors of cricket on the ECB cricket committee, so I speak for them in trying to get our views about the game and the challenges that we have across to the ECB.

“Although we have been affected directly in this case there are cases going on that the counties feel a little bit aggrieved that communication (from the ECB) is not as good as it should be.

“The counties want England to be successful. But at the same time England need to have a respect of dealing with us fairly as well because we provide players for them.”

Moxon said he was surprised when England national selector Ed Smith contacted him last Tuesday to tell him it was a “possibility” that Rashid could be chosen for the Edgbaston Test.

Andy Flower, the ECB’s acting director of cricket, confirmed Rashid’s selection the following day, leaving Yorkshire to cope with what Moxon believes is a “crazy situation”.

“I read Ed Smith’s comments that he first broached this with Adil at the one-day international at Trent Bridge, two weeks prior to him ringing me when effectively the decision had been made,” Moxon said.

“We’ve employed Adil in good faith to play white-ball cricket for us, and now we’re coming into the final stages of the T20 competition and he’s not available.

“So it’s a crazy situation. We’re employing him to play white-ball cricket and he can’t play that for us in important games because he’s playing red-ball cricket which he did not want to play.

“Ironically, when Adil told us in February that he was going to give up red-ball cricket I said to him he was under-valuing himself. I told him with the talent he’s got he should be playing for England in all formats of the game.”

Rashid responded to criticism of his England call-up by casting doubt on his future at Headingley.

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