According to scheduled announced by European Central Bank on Wednesday, Pakistan will be England's first opponents of the home global season next year with the tour featuring five One-Day Internationals and a T20I as both countries prepare for the ICC Cricket World Cup which starts on May 30th 2019. I'm not sure whether (national selector) Ed Smith's had a chat with him or not.
Jos Buttler has returned to the England Test set-up on the back of his strong run of form in the Indian Premier League Twenty20 tournament and England coach Trevor Bayliss did not rule out Rashid's return via limited-overs cricket.
"It will also provide excellent Ashes preparation for England against an Irish team whose impressive performance against Pakistan earlier this year showed they can compete strongly in this form of the game", he said. "So, look I'm sure he'll be up for discussion definitely". However, he didn't claim a wicket until the final day of the series, and Bayliss hinted that, all things being equal, he would likely defer to his senior Somerset colleague, Leach, whose broken thumb had given him his opportunity in the first place. "I don't think it will be the last I hear of it from the group - they've been hammering me", he added of the reaction of his England team-mates.
Kohli would have been aware of the injury concerns to both his limited-overs strike bowlers but put up a courageous face on Tuesday, when asked how ready India were for the Test series.
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"He's a confidence player and that'll be a decision we have to make before that first Test". But Leach was the one who was identified a couple of years ago and has done well over the last few seasons. Do we take in two spinners for some of these games?
The Specsavers-sponsored, five-match series against the Australians next year also starts on August 1. "Is it a bit drier this year and if we do we need to decide who those two are going to be". If these two batsmen continue to score runs in the Test series then India will be on the back foot and will find it hard to make a comeback.
Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan and Lokesh Rahul were the three opening batsmen in the squad, though the latter came in at number three against Afghanistan, pushing Cheteshwar Pujara down a spot in the absence of a rested Kohli.