A Rough Deal For England's Adil Rashid

Alan DobsonContributor ISeptember 6, 2009

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 04:  Adil Rashid of England hits out during the 1st NatWest One Day International between England and Australia at The Brit Oval on September 4, 2009 in London, England.  (Photo by Tom Shaw/Getty Images)

Adil Rashid was left out of the second one day international against Australia despite a decent performance in the first ODI just a few days earlier.

Rashid finished Friday's game with impressive figures with both ball and bat. He ended the match as the only England bowler to bowl his full allowance of ten overs and impressed throughout his spell, finishing with no wickets to his name but only leaking 37 runs. In the shorter form of the game these figures are very impressive. 

He also was able to show talent with the bat scoring an unbeaten 31 from only 23 balls to give the England team some hope of victory after a middle order collapse.

Rashid came in for some special praise from both captains who noted what an exceptional talent he is.

With all this in mind did the England selectors make the right choice leaving him out? If he is beginning to stand out with both ball and bat why should we be leaving him out?

Well with an England collapsing in both one day matches it would seem that they could use all the batting lower down the order as the can get their hands on, and with Stuart Broad out injured maybe the selectors should have done more to keep the balance in the side and let Rashid keep him place.

This is not to say that leaving Rashid out was the sole cause of the defeat, no, however coupled with another poor middle order performance leaving a form player out of the side may have made enough of a difference.