Adil Rashid has made himself unavailable for England's Test tour of Sri Lanka in March, he said after his side's series-leveling victory in the third ODI against South Africa. The legspinner reckoned that it'd be a 'bit unfair' when he's not put in the hard yards in county cricket and that he plans to 'earn the right' to be in the Test side.
"At this moment in time, I'm concentrating on playing for England in T20 cricket coming up in a couple of days," Rashid told Sky Sports. "I don't think I would [put my name for selection] at this moment in time. For me to get into Test cricket, I've got to earn that right and deserve my place. For me to get Test cricket, I've got to go back into county cricket, perform, do well, and then get selected.
"It's a bit unfair for me to just say, yeah, I'm available. At this moment in time, I'm really concentrating on white-ball cricket. Maybe in the future [I'll come back to Test cricket]."
England play two Tests in Galle and Colombo starting March 19 and, with Moeen Ali also marking himself unavailable for red-ball cricket, the visitors are likely to employ Dom Bess and Jack Leach as spin twins on the tour. Rashid, who's had a difficult time with his injured shoulder last year, was picked in the third and final ODI in Wanderers with an intention to train for the upcoming T20I series, which according to England captain Eoin Morgan is their major focus at the moment.
"Once you have that shoulder injury, that niggle, then you feel it, especially as a legspinner - you might struggle to get that extra zip, extra pace. It's frustrating, but you've got to make do with it, you've got to find a way.
"[Speed] is something I've been working on, especially with the shoulder, trying to get stronger and better. I've been trying to bowl a bit quicker, bit more in the run-up, in the action, trying to get more fizz. My mindset is pretty simple: go in the nets, work hard in the nets, try my best in the nets, and then try to deliver."