England wicket-keeper, Jonny Bairstow thinks England selectors have done a good job after having Adil Rashid in the Test squad against India. The 28-year old cricketer believes Rashid’s presence in the national team will definitely prove to be advantageous against India in the Test matches as the leg-spinner has been in a great form since the ODI series.
Earlier Adil Rashid was selected for the first Test match at Edgbaston in spite of leaving red-ball cricket for a quite a long time. He last played a Test match in the month of September.
“The biggest honour you can have is to go out and play Test cricket for England. It is an exciting challenge for him (Rashid), as for us all, going from white-ball cricket to red-ball cricket,” said Bairstow during the launch of the Specsavers Test Series
“He has bowled me with plenty of leg breaks over the years,” said Bairstow, who has been playing with Rashid since his teenage days.
“It is not just that one ball that he will get remembered for but the skills and the balls he bowled, his googlies, the way he has varied his pace, come over the top of the ball, round the side of it. His utilisation of his side spin and top spin was very impressive as well.
“He obviously bowled really, really nicely in the one-dayers and the way the white ball has been coming out of his hand… it is an exciting call-up for him. He is delighted and I am really excited for him,” he said.
Adil Rashid, the 30-year old cricketer has played 10 Test matches for his nation and taken 38 wickets under his belt at a bowling average of 42.79. He played his last Test match when England toured India in 2016. Rashid is even a good batsman that can help England reach huge milestones against India this time.
(Inputs from Hindustan Times)