English spinner, Adil Rashid is an integral member of the team in white-ball cricket, however, the same is not the case in Test cricket. Adil Rashid last played a Test match in 2019 against West Indies and hasn’t played a single Test ever since.
However, Adil Rashid still dreams of playing Test Cricket again. The appointment of Brendon McCullum as the coach of England’s Test team and Ben Stokes as the captain, though, has excited him. Rashid also stated that McCullum recently reached out to him via Test message.
If reports are to be believed, Rashid is likely to make his way back into the Test squad and the bowler, too, is looking forward to that.
“It’s always exciting when something new comes along. Brendon McCullum and Ben Stokes both like to be positive and attacking. That drives me on and it’s very exciting,” said Rashid, as quoted by The New Indian Express.
Rashid’s counterpart, Moeen Ali too is planning to come out of the Test retirement. The inclusion of Brendon McCullum as head coach has tempted him to make a comeback in Test Cricket.
“He’s (Moeen) like a brother to me. It’s definitely a conversation we’d have, and that would inspire me. It (return to Test cricket) could happen. But for us to get to that point, a lot else has got to happen too,” said Rashid. “But things have changed. There are exciting times ahead. For me, the door isn’t closed,” he said.
It is pertinent to note that, Adil Rashid made his Test debut in 2015 against Pakistan. In his Test cricket career so far, he has played 19 Tests for England and managed to pick 60 wickets at an average of 39.83. Besides, he has scored 540 runs at an average of 19.28. Rashid enjoys a rather successful career in ODIs, picking 159 wickets in 112 matches at an average of 33.00.