Bayliss opens the door for Rashid Test return

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England coach Trevor Bayliss feels that after a strong bowling performance in the limited overs matches this summer Adil Rashid could make a return to the Test team.

Rashid opted out of red ball cricket for his county Yorkshire at the onset of the 2018 season, much to the chagrin of the club, choosing to focus on his white ball skills with the World Cup looming.

It has been those white ball skills though that have convinced Bayliss that Rashid could play a role for the Test side.

“This year is probably the best we’ve seen him bowl,” said Bayliss. “He’s bowled well in one-day cricket over the last few years, but his control and his consistency this year has been top class and probably the best I’ve seen him bowl since I’ve been here.”

England gambled on a white ball specialist in the longest format earlier in the summer when Jos Buttler played a big role in England levelling the series against Pakistan.

Bayliss said that he wouldn’t pressure Rashid into playing Test cricket if he didn’t want to.

He said: “That’s a decision he’s got to make. I’m not sure whether Ed Smith [the chief selector] had a chat with him or not. Could he get picked in the Test team on white-ball form? Well, it’s already been proven this year it’s happened once. So, look I’m sure he’ll be up for discussion definitely.”

Rashid himself would not rule out returning to the Test side despite reiterating his desire to focus on limited overs cricket.

“At this moment in time I’m just concentrating on white-ball cricket,” he said. “But in the meantime if something comes about I’ll be happy.”

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