I'd make red-ball return to face India, says England's Adil Rashid

I'd make red-ball return to face India, says England's Adil Rashid

Rashid is only playing white-ball cricket for Yorkshire due to a contract he agreed in February, yet he is ready to don the whites again for England if he is selected for the five-match series with India which starts on August 1.

Jasprit Bumrah, who is recovering from a thumb injury, has been included in the squad but will only be available for selection starting from the second Test. Mohammed Shami, who missed the bulk of the Indian Premier League (IPL) and later failed a fitness Test ahead of the Afghanistan Test, returns to the squad after having cleared the yo-yo test. Shardul Thakur has also found a place in the side, presumably as cover for Shami, Umesh Yadav and Ishant Sharma.

The opening match of the five-match ODI series will be played on May 8th at The Oval, followed by the 2nd ODI at Ageas Bowl, Southampton on May 11th, 3rd ODI at Bristol on May 14th, 4th ODI at Trent Bridge, Nottingham on May 17th, and the final ODI at Headingley, Leeds on May 19th.

Rishabh Pant and Kuldeep Yadav have been named in India's squad for the first three Tests against England. "His condition is being assessed by the BCCI medical team and a call on his inclusion in the Test squad will be made soon", a BCCI media release said. "He has batted and kept very well in the India-A series", he said.

While the visitors comprehensively won both T20I series, they lost the three-match ODI series.

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"He's a confidence player and that'll be a decision we have to make before that first Test".

"You can read into it as much as you like, but I can tell you when we step on the field at Edgbaston there'll be a lot of excitement, passion and hunger to go out and win".

The selectors resisted the temptation of handing out Test selection based on limited-overs performances two matches after captain Virat Kohli had said Kuldeep and fellow wristspinner Yuzvendra Chahal had made a serious case for Test selection.

Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan and Lokesh Rahul were the three opening batsmen in the squad, though the latter came in at number three against Afghanistan, pushing Cheteshwar Pujara down a spot in the absence of a rested Kohli. He even started picking Kuldeep and played him easily. India's two big match-winners at home, R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, were retained.