India made to toil hard as Essex end day 2 at 237/5

Chelmsford: Pacers Umesh Yadav and Ishant Sharma shared four wickets between them in absence of injured R Ashwin as Essex batsmen made India toil hard by reaching 237 for five on the second day of the three-day practice game, here on Thursday.

India, who resumed at 322 for six, lead by 158 runs after finishing their first innings at 395. Off-spinner Ashwin injured his right hand during practice before the action began on day two and did not take the field at all. According to the team management, it is not a serious injury. Ashwin did bowl in the nets during the lunch break, but did not take the field, with bat or ball, as a precaution.

‘It was tough decision to make myself available for Tests’

London: Having decided to quit red-ball cricket for good, leg-spinner Adil Rashid admitted that it was a “tough decision” to make himself available for England in Tests in what can be termed as a “surprise” recall to the 13-man squad for the five-Test series against India, starting August 1.

The 30-year-old, who last played a Test match in December 2016 against India (at Chennai), was dramatically recalled following his recent exploits in ODIs where he got 20 wickets against Australia and India at an average of 23.95.

“It was definitely a tough decision and obviously I was kind of surprised because to get back in the Test side usually people have to go back to your county and perform to be considered,” he told Sky Sports News.

“After the ODIs there was a discussion that me and Ed (selector Ed Smith) had, just regarding – you know – how you feel about playing, or being part of the squad, this summer against India. So obviously I had to think about it, considering I hadn’t played red-ball game for a little while; but this opportunity I couldn’t buy at it – I had to think about it and make a decision. I said ‘I’ll make myself available’ and if you guys want to select me in the squad then I’ll come and try my best,” said the leg-spinner.

Brief scores: India 395 Vs Essex 237/5 (Westley 57, Pepper 68; Umesh 2/23, Ishant 2/38).