England and Wales Cricket Board has declared England team for the first Test against India. To beat team India with his weapon of spin, leg-spinner Adil Rashid was recalled from the retirement and included in the 13-man squad for England’s first match of the series.
England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced the team for the first Test match on Thursday. Host England has given Essex’s fast bowler Jamie Porter a chance for the first time in the team.
The 25-year-old Porter played 61 first-class matches. Porter had taken 75 wickets in his first county championship in 2017. He has been included in the team as a replaced of injured Chris Woakes.
The ECB has also included Moeen Ali in addition to Rashid to strengthen his spin department. Moeen picked up 19 wickets in his first Test series against India in 2014. Moeen, who has played 50 Test matches for England, played the last Test match against New Zealand in March.
The selection committee chaired by the new national selector Ed Smith decided to hand over the red ball to Rashid after almost two years, who retired from Test after Indian tour in December 2016.
Rashid can put Indian batsmen in trouble with his leg spin. Rashid was the man of the match against India in the third ODI, taking three wickets.
The England team for the first Test match is as follows…
Joe Root (captain), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow (wicketkeeper). Stuart Broad. Jos Buttler. Alastair Cook. Sam Curran. Keaton Jennings. David Malan. Jamie Porter. Adil Rashid. Ben Stokes.