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12:00 AM, July 27, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, July 27, 2018

Rashid surprised by England recall

Adil Rashid admitted even he was "kind of surprised" by his dramatic recall to England's Test squad for next week's series opener against India at Edgbaston.

But angry Yorkshire chief executive Mark Arthur said he hoped England "knew what they are doing".

Rashid was included in a 13-man squad announced Thursday even though the Yorkshire leg-spinner has opted out of playing first-class County Championship cricket this season.

"It was definitely a tough decision -- and yes, obviously, I was kind of surprised," Rashid told Sky Sports News.

"To get back in the Test side, usually people have got to go back to their counties and perform to be considered.

"But me and Ed Smith (England's national selector), and a few others, had a chat -- and they were thinking, if I can be available ... we'll be happy for me to be in the squad.

"That's something I had to think about, and I made that decision to be available."

But Rashid's inclusion provoked a furious reaction from Arthur.

"We're very surprised that England have called Adil up after not playing red ball cricket this season," he told Yorkshire's website. "Neither has he expressed a desire to do so.

"I hope that England know what they're doing to Adil, and the county game."

Rashid is now in line to play his first home Test, after all 10 of his previous appearances were made overseas.

His recall came alongside that of off-spinner Moeen Ali, who was preferred to Somerset's Dom Bess -- a Test debutant in the drawn series against Pakistan earlier this season.

Rashid's selection in a squad for what will be England's 1,000th Test when they face India in the first of a five-match series at Edgbaston, comes despite him deciding to opt out of all first-class cricket this year ahead of a home World Cup campaign in 2019.

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