Adil Rashid faced further pressure ahead of his controversial recall to the England Test side for their series opener against India at Edgbaston when it was announced on Tuesday he would be the lone specialist spinner in their XI.
Adil Rashid will play the first Test against India.
The 30-year-old, who will play his first Test in nearly two years, has been recalled despite signing a white-ball only contract for Yorkshire in February.
The England and Wales Cricket Board confirmed that off-spinner Moeen Ali had been left out from a 13-man squad. It's a great opportunity for him to start doing that now. "Absurd? Yes", he wrote in the Daily Telegraph newspaper.
By picking Adil Rashid, they are selecting the unselectable: a player who will not play four-day Championship cricket for Yorkshire because his heart isn't in it but he will play for England in Test Matches.
"In two years England have gone around in a circle".
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At the start of the summer Jos Buttler was plying his trade in the Indian Premier League and one of England's most gifted batsmen appeared to be locked into the gilded cage of white-ball specialism despite still harbouring hopes of a Test return.
"He will toss up the ball and give it a nice flight". It will be a great contest and I am looking forward to it.
All-rounder Sam Curran will also play at Edgbaston as will Ben Stokes whose trial for affray begins on Monday, the day after the first Test is scheduled to end.
That leaves Yorkshire leg-spinner Rashid as England's sole designated slow bowler, although his county colleague Joe Root, the England captain, can supplement his top-order batting with occasional off-spin.
And yet with Buttler having always been the consigliere to Eoin Morgan in England's soaraway one-day side - even leading them to an impressive 2-1 win in Bangladesh when the captain opted out on security grounds - Root is now keen to cash in not only on the 27-year-old's ability to take down bowling attacks but his cricketing brain too. But I genuinely think he will cope - he's bowling really well.