Michael Atherton admits he feels for Adil Rashid after Mason Crane was selected in England’s squad to face West Indies at Edgbaston.
Trevor Bayliss appears to see Rashid as the side’s frontline spinner in white-ball cricket only after overlooking the Yorkshireman against South Africa and now West Indies.
Rashid played all seven Test matches against Bangladesh and India last winter, taking 30 wickets, but has since fallen down the pecking order.
‘Clearly England have moved on from Adil Rashid in red-ball cricket for whatever reason,’ Atherton told Sky Sports.
‘He took 30 wickets in India and Bangladesh over the winter, so I have some sympathy for him.
‘Crane impressed down under for New South Wales [in the Sheffield Shield] and while I don’t think he will play at Edgbaston, they are looking at him for the winter for the second spinner’s berth.
‘It is a wholly different game for a spin bowler bowling in T20 cricket as opposed to Tests – you can have men back on the fence in T20 when you are not expected to win the game on a turning pitch.
‘He has taken only 16 wickets in Championship cricket this term but a lot of first-class cricket is played at the start of the year and the end of the year, so it is very difficult for a young spinner in England.’
Crane, 20, is one of two uncapped players named in England’s 13-man squad, with Surrey’s Mark Stoneman expected to open alongside Alastair Cook.
The young leg-spinner impressed in the T20 series against South Africa earlier in the summer and says he feels ‘lucky and privileged’ to make the Test squad.
‘To be honest I didn’t think I would be called up this summer,’ he said. ‘You see it written about and you dream in your head that maybe you could do but thought probably not this year.
‘It has very much felt like it has come quickly. I am very lucky and privileged to be here now.
‘When you start playing cricket you want to play for England and then play Test cricket for England. It is an amazing feeling to get called up and hopefully I put in some hard work now and I’ll get a game.
‘Test cricket is the pinnacle and it is about getting my head down now and hopefully being in the side.’