Andrew Gale has hailed Adil Rashid’s capabilities with the white ball after his return to Yorkshire colours.
But the county coach admits he can’t help but be frustrated at Rashid's missed opportunity with the red one.
Leg-spinner Rashid, now specialising as a limited overs cricketer, has hit the ground running for the Vikings at the start of their Royal London One-Day Cup campaign.
The England star took four wickets in Friday’s comprehensive win over Durham before going wicketless, but causing problems, in Sunday’s home defeat against Warwickshire and then picking up two more scalps in Wednesday’s home loss to Worcestershire.
Prior to last Friday’s appearance, aside from some second XI cricket, 30-year-old Rashid had not played since March 10 during England’s one-day international series in New Zealand.
“I never really doubted him,” said Gale. “I knew he’d come in and do well in white ball cricket.
“I don’t know where he’s been bowling. There must be somewhere in Bradford because he’s come back in excellent form. He must have been bowling at his brothers in the nets! I’m really pleased for him.
“My only frustration with Rash is that I look at Dom Bess getting picked for England and see the way Rash bowls. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a white or red ball, it’s still round.
“There is no way he should not be playing Test cricket for England, and that’s a frustration.
“There is no way Adil should not be playing Test cricket for England, and that’s a frustration.”
“I think he’s wasted his talent in that respect. But with his white ball cricket, he’s up there as one of the best in the world. He’s a massive player for us. You can see just how difficult he is to face. They just can’t pick his googly. He’s a fantastic performer.”
Rashid returned figures of 0-46 from 10, and he was unfortunate not to strike against Warwickshire, who rode on Sam Hain’s unbeaten 102 to chase down 248 with five wickets in hand.
Seamers Matthew Fisher and Jacks Brooks could be in contention following a side injury and rest respectively, while Liam Plunkett should be available to face the Outlaws after completing his Indian Premier League duties with Delhi.
“I think Wednesday came too soon for Liam,” said Gale. “To throw him straight in would have put him at high risk of injury.
“When you’ve got a low total on the board, Liam is ideal to have, a bit of extra pace. We know that Liam and Rash are big players for us in one-day cricket because they add a different dimension to our bowling attack. David Willey as well.
“He should be available at some point next week depending how Chennai get on.”
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