Author: Abhishek Rajan
The English leg spinner Adil Rashid is not looking forward to play Test match cricket for England anytime soon.
Rashid doesn’t think he has played enough red ball cricket in the recent times to claim a place in the English Test squad. The last time the Englishman played Test match cricket for England was against West Indies in January last year.
Jack Leach and Dominic Bess are ahead of Rashid in the pecking order at the moment as far as England’s Test match bowling is concerned.
But, because of the fact that Rashid grabbed 12 wickets on England’s last tour of Sri Lanka, there have been discussions if the English selectors would opt to pick him in the Test squad as England tours Sri Lanka again next month.
The Englishman, however, seems to have ruled himself out of the tour well in advance, insisting that he might want to represent England in the longest format of the game later in his career, but at this point, all his focus is on white ball cricket.
“For me to get into Test cricket, I’ve got to go back into county cricket, perform, do well, and then get selected.” Rashid was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.
“At this moment in time, I’m really concentrating on white-ball cricket. Maybe in the future (I will return to Test cricket”, Rashid further added.
Adil was England’s specialist spinner in the ODI World Cup last year and in all likelihood, he will be picked again for the T20 World Cup later this year, if he is able to maintain his form in the shortest format of the game.
Although England have tried the young leggie Matt Parkinson in a few games on the New Zealand and the South Africa tour, Rashid is still England’s first choice in 50-over and 20-over cricket, given the vast amount of experience that he has.
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