Ed Smith defends controversial recall of Adil Rashid to England Test squad

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Ed Smith has defended his controversial decision to call up Adil Rashid for England’s first Test with India following a fiery response from Yorkshire over the leg‑spinner’s refusal to play first-class cricket for the club this season.

Rashid’s inclusion in a 13-man squad, with Moeen Ali returning and the uncapped Jamie Porter added to Joe Root’s stable of seam bowlers, was the eye-catching decision by Smith, the national selector, before the series opener at Edgbaston on Wednesday.

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