BIRMINGHAM: Adil Rashid, the Yorkshire leg-break bowler, seems to be high in consideration for England’s fourth Test against Pakistan at The Oval as a second spinner, alongside Moeen Ali.
Speaking after the 141-run win at Edgbaston that puts England 2-1 up going into the final Test of the summer, coach Trevor Bayliss admitted he was very tempted to give Rashid a game, adding: “I think we saw last year, the Oval wicket had a bit in it for everyone. Lyon bowled very well there and got some spin and bounce.”
With England set to tour Bangladesh and India – where pitches often provide plenty of turn for slow bowlers – this winter, Rashid’s chances of appearance at The Oval in south London seem all the more likely.
Rashid, who has yet to debut on the home soil, made all his three career Test appearances against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates last year.
Playing for the Yorkshire County Championship last week, Rashid took seven for 61 in a win over Warwickshire, after being released from England’s squad.
Bayliss added: “I’ve thought Rashid’s been a chance for the last two or three Tests that we’ve played.”
“At some stage, he will get an opportunity.”
Moeen Ali on the other hand, made his name as a top-order batsman before being handed the position of England frontline off-spinner following the retirement of Graeme Swann.
He was named Man of the Match at Edgbaston, after impressively scoring two fifties and playing his part with the ball, dismissing Pakistan for 201 on Sunday.
“Quite simply, the difference with his bowling in that spell was his discipline of length,” said Bayliss.
“We’ve all seen him before probably falling a little bit short, but I thought that spell he got it pretty much spot on, bowled a little bit wider of the off stump into the rough, coming into the stumps and putting the pressure on the batter.”
“It’s a bit harder (then) to run down the wicket and hit over the top and play reverse-sweeps and sweeps.”
“I thought he put the pressure on very well there,” the Australian added.
During the intense match, England’s leading wicket-taker James Anderson also returned to the top of the International Cricket Council’s Test bowler rankings. Though he did have a fall-out with on-field umpires Joel Wilson and Bruce Oxenford when he was taken out of the attack in the first innings for running on the pitch after warnings about straying into the ‘danger area’, Anderson later apologised for what he admitted was “unacceptable behaviour”.
Bayliss was happy with the way Anderson dealt with the fall-out.
“I think he did sort it out himself,” Bayliss said.
“In the heat of the moment, he is a competitor, and I think you need guys in your team like that.”
“If he slightly touched the line or went over the line, we fixed it up pretty quickly – and everything was sweet with the umpires.”
“He’s been around enough now to know when he has maybe transgressed a little too far, and to pull his head in pretty quick.” — SAMAA/AFP