Chris Tremlett: England should resist recalling Adil Rashid for India Tests


England announce their squad tomorrow for the first Test match against India at Edgbaston next week and while most positions are settled there has been a lot of talk about spinners.

Despite deciding to focus on white-ball cricket earlier this year Adil Rashid is back in the picture following impressive performances in the one-day internationals against Australia and India.

Its been a dry summer, the ball is turning and Rashid is in good form, while the Indians havent played him particularly well at times, so you can see why the idea has taken root.

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But I think if selector Ed Smith were to pick him it would make a mockery of Rashids earlier decision.

His selection would also send the wrong message to the guys who are churning away in county cricket taking wickets. If someone whos picking and choosing what he wants to do to walks into the Test side it would devalue the domestic competition.

England recalled Jos Buttler earlier this summer to face Pakistan, but I think his is a slightly different case because he hadnt ruled himself out of the red-ball game.

I would be surprised if England chose to go down that route, especially because the form of Moeen Ali gives them a viable alternative.

Moeen Ali has found form recently, taking eight wickets for Worcestershire against Somerset (Source: Getty)

He was dropped from the Test side after the New Zealand tour in March, but hes bowled well in the one-day matches against India and Australia and that has done a lot for his confidence.

Moeen is a better and safer all-round option then Dom Bess, even though the Somerset off-spinner did well in his two Tests against Pakistan and even struck a 50.

Bess showed what he can do and hes clearly a mentally tough player, but I dont think hes quite as good a bowler as Moeen at this stage.

His Somerset team mate Jack Leach is a better bowler than both of them but he cant bat as well. Following his finger injury the left-arm spinner might not have played enough cricket recently to justify his selection, so they could hold off on him for the moment.

However, Im sure there will be pitches over the five Tests which will be dry enough for them to look at playing two spinners, so that might be where Leach comes in.

Edgbaston is a pitch which isnt renowned as a two spinner wicket but the final two Tests at the Ageas Bowl and the Oval would suit the selection better.

The only other selection question is the opening batsman spot alongside Alastair Cook, which has been a recurring issue ever since Andrew Strauss retirement in 2012.

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Keaton Jennings should retain his place at the top of the order (Source: Getty)

Keaton Jennings is the man in possession after playing the most recent Test against Pakistan at the start of June.

Hes scored three hundreds in the County Championship this season so should get another chance, although the selectors havent been helped by the recent block of domestic Twenty20 matches when assessing form.

But if he doesnt perform in the first few Test matches that might hand a chance to Rory Burns, who I know from my time at Surrey.

The left-handed opener looks well equipped for Test cricket. He is a consistent run-scorer, leaves the ball well, knows his scoring areas and hes having an excellent summer while leading a winning side.

He also captained the Lions on debut recently which means England already think a lot of him.

If Jennings is dropped then Burns will be the next man in the pecking order. If not hell have to go on a Lions tour and prove himself that way.

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