Rashid could get England call to face India

The slow bowler can prove to be a key weapon on wickets baked dry by the country's ongoing heatwave.

Adil Rashid of England celebrates after dismissing Virat Kohli during the 3rd Royal London One-Day International match between England and India at Headingley on July 17.   -  Getty Images

Leg-spinner Adil Rashid could earn an England Test recall to face India if he changes his mind over Test cricket, coach Trevor Bayliss said on Thursday.

The 30-year-old has not played five-day cricket since December 2016 when he played the last of his 10 Tests, preferring to compete only in 50-over and 20-over formats.

Asked whether Rashid would be considered for Test selection if he was playing red-ball cricket, Bayliss said: “Possibly. This year is probably the best we've seen him bowl.

“He's bowled well in one-day cricket over the last few years but his control and his consistency this year has been top class.

“(Reconsidering) is a decision he's got to make. I'm not sure whether (national selector) Ed Smith's had a chat with him or not. Could he get picked in the Test team on white-ball form? Well, it's already been proven this year - it's happened once (with Jos Buttler). So I'm sure he'll be up for discussion, definitely.”

Rashid is the leading wicket-taker in one-day and Twenty20 internationals for England this summer, with 25 victims, including Virat Kohli at Headingley on Tuesday with a sharply-turning delivery that left the Indian captain awestruck.

Rashid's performances have been delivered at a time when England are short of spin options in the five-day arena too. Moeen Ali lost his place following a difficult winter and Dom Bess and Jack Leach have been handed debuts since.

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