The former skipper of England, Nasser Hussain had his say on his countryman Adil Rashid. The prominent face of English national set-up is probably the most discussed thing for England, nowadays.
Cricketer-turned-commentator Nasser presented his view whether the Yorkshire bowler Rashid should get a Test recall or not ahead of England’s all-important series against India.
The two giant forces of cricket are set to lock horns with each other in five-matches series starting from August 1 in Birmingham.
Test exile of Adil Rashid:
The leg-spinner Rashid suffered an exile in an extended format of the game. However, he hung his boots for the red-ball cricket before the start of the summer.
The 30-year-old leg spinner last played a Test for England during their 2016 series in India. He has 38 wickets from 10 matches in the format. However, with the likes of Moeen Ali, he was eventually sidelined.
However, with his form and numbers, the English selectors have been tempted to bring him back into a Test squad against dominant India.
Adil Rashid got the limelight:
Rashid earned praise following his unplayable delivery that castled Virat Kohli in Leeds. His stocks have arguably never been on the higher side.
“There’ll be England fans that’ll say ‘don’t worry about all this nonsense; he’s an excellent bowler, he’s just got Kohli out with excellent delivery,” Nasser said.
Nasser Hussain urged some judicious to be used before a decision is rushed on Rashid’s Test call.
“As selectors, you’ve also got to set the template for the future; I’m not sure you can just have lads not playing for their county and not playing red-ball cricket.”
Test recall of Jos Buttler:
Earlier, England brought Jos Buttler into the Test squad following his performance in the white-ball cricket. He justified his selection as he was selected in Test series against Pakistan.
England will be hoping a similar kind of a gamble to recall Rashid.