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Nasser Hussain gives his verdict on Adil Rashid recall

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Former England Cricket captain Nasser Hussain has had his say on whether Yorkshire's Adil Rashid should be given a recall to the England Test team for next month's summer Test series against India.

The leg-spin bowler hung up his red-ball cricket pads before the start of the summer, but after catching the eye in the shorter formats of the game for England recently he has reportedly been offered a shock return to the team by head coach Trevor Bayliss and selector Ed Smith.

In the Sky Sports pre-match discussion at the T20 game between Lancashire and Yorkshire on Friday night, the topic of Rashid quickly came up.

Having just bowled Virat Kohli with a wonderful delivery on Tuesday, Rashid's stock has arguably never been higher. 

But Nasser Hussain has urged some caution to be used before a decision is rushed through on the Yorkshire man's recall.

 "There'll be England fans that'll say 'don't worry about all this nonsense, he's a very good bowler, he's just got Kohli out with a magnificent delivery," he said.

"As selectors, you've also got to set the template for the future, I'm not sure you can just have lads not playing for their county and not playing red-ball cricket.

"You've also got to look at the bigger picture as the selectors and the ECB. If he has one bad game, then what happens? Does he make himself unavailable again?"

It's a good point that Bayliss and Smith will have to consider when picking the squad.

The success of Jos Buttler's return to the Test team earlier in the summer will have encouraged Bayliss and co. to make a similar call with Rashid.

The 30-year-old hasn't featured for England's Test side since the 2016 tour of India and has picked up 38 wickets from his first ten appearances in the whites.

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