England is going into its 1,000th cricket test match with Adil Rashid as its lone spinner and Jos Buttler as vice-captain for the five-game series against India. The first test starts Wednesday at Edgbaston.
Leg-spinner Rashid will earn his 11th test cap - and the first on home soil - the England and Wales Cricket Board announced Tuesday. Fellow spinner Moeen Ali misses out.
While Virat Kohli’s top-ranked India is more comfortable with spin, the tourists have often struggled on England's greentops which offer more of a seam and swing threat.
The selection of Rashid has proved divisive after he signed a white-ball only deal with Yorkshire earlier this year, with Michael Vaughan and Geoffrey Boycott among former Yorkshire and England players highly critical of the decision.
Rashid last played for England in a test in December 2016 - against India. Buttler made a surprise return to the test format earlier this summer. He is already deputy to Eoin Morgan in the white-ball formats.
James Anderson has assisted test captain Joe Root since the start of the last Ashes series after Ben Stokes was dropped from the role following a late-night incident outside a Bristol nightclub last September.