England spinner Adil Rashid has revealed he has had discussions with head coach Chris Silverwood about a potential return to the Test side but indicated that an ongoing shoulder injury could be a key stumbling block.
In recent years, there have been few sweeter sights than seeing the leg-spinner tie opposition batsman up in knots – something that has become a regularity as he established himself as one of the world’s finest white-ball bowlers.
Such have been the quality of Rashid’s performances in the shorter formats that there has been a fair bit of noise – from fans and the media alike – about a potential return to the Test arena.
Speaking in an interview with The i, the spinner revealed that he has spoken to the Three Lions coach about the possibility of pulling on England whites again.
“At the end of this season, Chris Silverwood and I had an informal chat about my future plans, how I was feeling about my game and about my availability for playing Test cricket,” said Rashid.
“I was very honest and said that there are pros and cons about playing Test cricket again and the biggest issue is my shoulder injury which has been ongoing for over 12 months. By not playing Test cricket it has meant that I’ve got the shoulder in good shape again in the last six or seven months.
“The big question is whether my shoulder can handle the stress of red-ball cricket again and there is the potential knock-on effect on my bowling in the shorter formats to consider as well. It’s something I need to think about, and it will be a decision that I have to ensure I won’t regret.”
The 32-year-old has taken 60 wickets in his 19 Tests for England but has not featured since the tour of the West Indies in early 2019.
A Test series in Sri Lanka is being talked about for early next year and that could provide the perfect opportunity for Rashid to re-establish himself in the red-ball game.