Adil Rashid braced for more knocks

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It’s always faintly harrowing when England select a leg-spinner. The way they’re treated tends to be geared towards absolute decimation of their confidence. Adil Rashid himself has benefited from this once before.

Eight years ago, we promised Rashid that we’d always be nice to him – even if he got bowled by an Andrew Hall straight one – and we’ve stuck by that promise, selecting him as ‘one to watch’ pretty much every year since. We therefore deem today’s Test call-up ‘a good thing’.

Even though there’s every chance the scrutiny and unfair expectations will ruin him for another four years, we have to hope that this time Rashid will overcome barren growing conditions and reveal himself to be a resilient and hugely valuable cricketer. Have to, you hear. Have to.

Trotty’s back too. That is also ace.


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  1. Also, Lyth formally enters the England Openers Grand Revolving Door. How long do we reckon he’ll last, then?

    I’m not sure I’d give him the one series, since Trott looks earmarked to open alongside Cook.

  2. Gillespie has shown he’s quite good at coaching most of these players already. Could prove helpful.

    1. There’s a spot opening up for David Saker’s job. Gilespie has 259 wickets and a test double hundred. He would likely make an excellent candidate as pace coach and Moores’ understudy.

      Based on the above, the ECB will probably hire Saeed Ajmal as England’s fast bowling coach instead.

    2. “Moores’ understudy”, Alec?

      Surely Peter Moores will be out the door quicker than Paul Downton can say, “I have absolute and every confidence in Peter Moores”.

  3. Haven’t really followed trotts return other than to be pleased he seems healthy and back to normal. Has he really done enough to justify a call up again? I think bar against real pace he is absolutely an asset to England but thought he might have to prove himself more before he got back. Maybe he has buckets of runs that I’ve missed in which case fair enough.

    1. Lions runs count for a lot and he made a double hundred for them in South Africa. Plus he’s Jonathan Trott.

    2. How come wee Jimmy Taylor’s Lions runs don’t count for anything?

      Has anyone ever been able to track down all time Lions/England A scoring records?

    3. I think the selectors suspect James Taylor of bowling a bit of legspin in his spare time and have thus treated him with the traditional blend of suspicion and disdain.

    4. I can fully understand the ECB’s position on legspin.

      Somewhere, deep down inside every person working at English Cricket, is the fear that any legspinner is an Aussie double agent who will tear off a mask, undo his girdle and prove to be a Shane Warne clone.

    5. Wee Jimmy Taylor has been harshly treated yet again. Still, he’ll be raring to go when we’re 2-0 down in the Ashes.

    6. Taylor would only be carrying the drinks anyway. No middle order vacancy, no sense in moving Root back up to open to accommodate him. Although I suspect he’d score more runs than Stokes will at 6. It’s about balance (not Ballance).

      He’s been rubbish since he stabbed Leics in the back regardless.

    7. I’m really pleased to see Stokes back in. Think the way he has been shuffled around the order and asked to perform loads of different roles hasn’t helped him. I think he’s a top order bat and definitely a 6.

    8. Being shuffled about the order and asked to play different roles is just a one-day career with England. Ask Ian Bell, Matt Prior, Moeen Ali, James Taylor and indeed pretty much anyone except Alastair Cook.

  4. Ali Cook is saying that sacking him was the wrong decision.

    In a way, he’s right. Sacking him gave England supporters a false gleam of hope. If we’d kept him, we’d have gone into the tournament with no hope, and not been so disappointed when we crashed out.

    1. Sacking Cook when he was sacked was the wrong decision.

      They should have sacked him as ODI skipper last summer, before the India ODI series.

      When they mistakenly persevered with him, that perseverance should have been sustained through the World Cup.

      In short, his sacking was an omnishambles.

    2. That’s the headline, but he doesn’t really deny that he was the wrong man for the job; he just says that it was the wrong time to sack a captain.

      So as Ged says really.

    3. Yes, I even thought it was funny at the time…

      Thing is, I’m still not sure I agree with him. I don’t see a settled team with Cook having done much better than an unsettled one without, although maybe they might have beaten Bangladesh.

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