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26-Jul-2018 11:24:00 GMT
Eng v Ind, 1st Test, Edgbaston

Rashid named in England squad for first India Test

London: Adil Rashid has been included in England's squad for the first Test against India, despite the leg-spinner saying he wanted to concentrate on limited-overs cricket.

Rashid signed a white-ball only contract with Yorkshire in February but said he "was not finished" with the longer form of the game.

All-rounder Moeen Ali is included, while Essex pace bowler Jamie Porter has been called up for the first time.

Somerset spinners Dom Bess and Jack Leach will train with the squad, but all-rounder Chris Woakes is not yet ready after suffering quad and knee injuries in May.

The first Test begins on 1 August at Edgbaston.

England squad for first Test
Joe Root (capt), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler (wk), Alastair Cook, Sam Curran, Keaton Jennings, Dawid Malan, Jamie Porter, Adil Rashid, Ben Stokes.

Rashid has been a key fixture of England's limited-overs side and opted to focus solely on white-ball cricket for the 2018 season.

He has taken 38 wickets in 10 Tests for England, but the 30-year-old has not played since the tour of India in December 2016.

Moeen, who was dropped from the side after a difficult winter, took 5-107 for Worcestershire in the County Championship on Tuesday.

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