Michael Vaughan reckons Adil Rashid should be included in the playing XI by the England team management for the first test versus Australia starting from tomorrow.
It’s believed England might opt to go with Moeen Ali and not Rashid as the former has got some experience at the test level.
But, according to Vaughan, the confidence that Rashid has shown in the recent times, it little matters that he is an uncapped player. The ball is coming out wonderfully off his hands and once the pitch gets slightly on the weary side, he can become a vital player for England.
Vaughan, however, warned that it would not be that easy for Rashid to make an impact on the top Kangaroo players especially on the first two days, but, he can help wiping out the tail cheaply.
There have been so many occasions in the last couple of years when the tail has frustrated England and the reason behind it is that the Three Lions don’t have a genuine quick or a spinner with wrong ones.
But, Rashid can do the job with his googleys.
Speaking in a talk show, Vaughan said, “If I was Alastair Cook, my choice would have been Rashid. It’s not that I have anything against Moeen. He is a wonderful player, but, at the moment, confidence wise, he is not quite up there and Ashes throws a huge challenge to you. If you are not confident about your abilities, it’s going to be really tough.”
“As far as Rashid is concerned, if he plays, the captain will have to ensure he gives him the right kind of field placements when the pitch is not doing anything significantly in his favour. He can be a real attacking option in the second innings.”
“However, one thing is for sure whichever spinner plays, whether it’s Moeen or Rashid, he will have to cope with serious assault at the hands of the Aussies. They will be looking to smash ‘em.”