Adil Rashid hasn’t played a First-Class game for Yorkshire since 2017 and the last represented England in Test cricket in early 2019 during the tour of the Caribbean.
Rashid made a brilliant comeback to competitive cricket after a long layoff due to shoulder injury and Ed Smith’s comments come after legendary leg-spinner Shane Warne recently said that England are ‘missing a trick’ by not playing Rashid, as he is in the ‘form of his life’. Warne had also suggested that England should play Adil Rashid and Dom Bess in tandem.
“Adil’s form is really good in white-ball cricket and we’ve all seen the skill and mastery he’s displaying at the moment. We’ll work closely with Adil and Yorkshire and see if he’s ready to play four-day cricket. He is coming back from a serious injury and there’s a difference between bowling 10 and 100 overs, or whatever a heavy workload over a few games would be. He’s still working on the physical side but I think Adil still has aspirations for England in all forms.” Ed Smith was quoted as saying by Wisden.
‘I hope the dialogue is ongoing with Rashid’- David Lloyd on Adil Rashid’s Test ‘comeback
Adil Rashid was recently named in the T20I squad for the upcoming series against Pakistan. Former England cricketer-turned commentator also recently said that he ‘would move heaven and earth’ to get Rashid to play Test cricket as according to him he the vile leg-spinner could be an ‘integral part’ of England’s jigsaw puzzle, especially in subcontinental conditions.
”I hope the dialogue is ongoing with Rashid. I’d be moving heaven and earth to get him to play Test cricket if I were England coach because he could be an integral part of their jigsaw, especially away from home,” Llyod told ‘The Daily Mail’.
Adil Rashid has thus far represented England in 19 Tests, claiming 60 wickets at an average of 39.83.