Rashid preferred to Moeen, Buttler named vice-captain

Adil Rashid will be England's only specialist spinner in its 1000th Test, while Jos Buttler steps up to take over as vice-captain.

England spinner Adil Rashid will make his comeback to Test cricket in the first Test against India.   -  Getty Images

Adil Rashid will make his Test comeback in the first game of the series against India at Edgbaston and Jos Buttler has been appointed as vice-captain of England.

Rashid was recalled to the Test squad despite making himself unavailable to play red-ball cricket for Yorkshire and the spinner will feature in the longest format for the first time since December 2016.

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The 30-year-old will be the only specialist spinner in the England side when the first match of five against Virat Kohli's men, with Moeen Ali left out.

Sam Curran, who made his debut against Pakistan at Headingley last month, gets the nod over Jamie Porter for England's 1000th Test.

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Buttler has been installed as Joe Root's deputy ahead of what will be only his third match back in the Test team following an 18-month absence, taking over from James Anderson.

Regular vice-captain Ben Stokes' affray trial begins on Monday, the day after the first Test is due to end.

England team: Alastair Cook, Keaton Jennings, Joe Root (captain), Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Adil Rashid, Stuart Broad, James Anderson.
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