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Adil Rashid pushing Moeen Ali to be England's best spinner

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After Adil Rashid's spectacular recovery from his first innings humiliation, I have decided to pose the question whether he merits a spot in England's Test team in any conditions, not just the subcontinent as a second spinner.

With Rashid's 5-64 in the second innings of the First Test, following his miserable 0-163 in the first, does he now deserve a spot as England's first choice spinner?

Rashid obviously shows natural wicket taking ability and a great character which bodes well for the future. He also possesses talent with the bat, shown in his sparkling fifty in the First warm-up game.

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England have long craved a wrist-spinner in their side and Rashid's five for was the first by an English leg-spinner in 56 years.

Rashid has made the case to be England's premier spinner at any venue in the world. Especially with the team's current preference of a six bowler attack, it is easy for the selectors and Alastair Cook to fit him into their side.

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Even with a five-bowler attack there is a place for Rashid, as England can go for two spinners in their side or pick Rashid ahead of Moeen Ali.

However, Rashid does not provide the control or pace that Ali now offers and the Yorkshire all-rounder is also weaker with the bat-in-hand.

How might a team with Rashid line up at home in England?

England would find it possible to line up with exactly the same side at home if Moeen Ali shows he can open the batting. If this doesn't prove to be the case, this is how they may line up:

Alastair Cook

Alex Hales

Joe Root

James Taylor/Jonny Bairstow/Ian Bell

Moeen Ali

Ben Stokes

Jos Buttler

Adil Rashid

Stuart Broad

Mark Wood/Steven Finn

James Anderson

This line up still gives England a strong batting order, as well as six bowling options and the attacking option of Rashid.

Really, though, we will have to wait until the end of this series to judge whether Rashid's deserves inclusion in England's regular Test side.

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