England have picked leg spinner Adil Rashid in the squad for the first Ashes Test against Australia in Cardiff. There were no major surprises in the squad and Rashid is the only uncapped player in the 13-man squad.
Moeen Ali is expected to play the role of a lead spinner and it is unlikely that England will pick two spinners despite including Rashid in the squad. Adam Lyth’s ton against New Zealand in the second Test earned him a maiden Ashes call up.
“There are no huge surprises in the squad. Adil Rashid’s inclusion provides Alastair and Trevor (Bayliss) with plenty of bowling options and the surface at Cardiff will dictate who makes the final XI.
Within the squad there are players who have plenty of experience of Ashes cricket and that knowledge will I’m sure be useful for the players who are yet to experience a home Ashes series,” said chief selector James Whitaker.
Rashid was not a part of the camp held in Spain and Mark Footitt, the left-arm seamer, who was a part of that squad has not been included. This will be coach Bayliss’ first assignment after taking over from Peter Moores.
England drew the two-Test series against New Zealand at home recently and the only two additions to the eleven that played in the second Test are Steven Finn and Rashid. The first Ashes Test begins at Cardiff on July 8.
2015 Kashmir Despatch