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England call-up spinner Rashid for Ashes opener

Adil Rashid has got the call. Photo: PA

England have selected leg spinner Adil Rashid in their 13-man squad to face Australia in the First Test at Cardiff.

The Yorkshire all-rounder impressed in the recent one-day series against New Zealand and will now compete with Moeen Ali to be England's first-choice spinner.

Moeen Ali has been first choice recently. Credit: PA

National selector, James Whitaker, said: “There are no huge surprises in the squad. Adil Rashid’s inclusion provides Alastair and Trevor with plenty of bowling options and the surface at Cardiff will dictate who makes the final XI.

“Within the squad there are players who have plenty of experience of Ashes cricket and that knowledge will I’m sure be useful for the players who are yet to experience a home Ashes series.

“There has been some very good cricket played so far this summer and we are aware that we will need to build on that over the next seven weeks if we are to win back the Ashes.

“On behalf of the selectors I’d like to congratulate the 13 players selected for the first Investec Test and wish them as well as Trevor all the very best for what will I’m sure be a very competitive and entertaining series.”

England squad for 1st Investec Ashes Test

Alastair Cook (Essex)

Moeen Ali (Worcestershire)

James Anderson (Lancashire)

Gary Ballance (Yorkshire)

Ian Bell (Warwickshire)

Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire)

Jos Buttler (Lancashire)

Steven Finn (Middlesex)

Adam Lyth (Yorkshire)

Adil Rashid (Yorkshire)

Joe Root (Yorkshire)

Ben Stokes (Durham)

Mark Wood (Durham)