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Adil Rashid is record-breakingly bad for England – but is spared complete humiliation

England spare Adil Rashid embarrassment of worst bowling figures of all time
Bad day: Rashid has had a debut to forget so far Photo: GETTY IMAGES

Adil Rashid has been spared the indignation of breaking England’s record for the worst ever bowling figures recorded in a Test match after he was removed from the attack having conceded 163 wicketless runs in the first innings of the first Test against Pakistan.

Rashid could not find his stride

The spinner had already reached another unwanted milestone when he passed the 150-run mark without taking a single wicket, which made his the worst debut figures by any player in Test history.

That record was previously held by Australian Bryce McGain, who gave away 149 runs for no wicket on his debut against South Africa in 2009. Ominously for Rashid, McGain was never again selected to represent his country after that nightmare start to his international career.

Worst ever Test debut bowling figures
Bowler Figures
A Rashid (2015) 163
B McGain (2009) 149
P Singh (2014) 146
JJ Warr (1951) 142
T Mupariwa (2004) 136

The only Englishman ever to record worse bowling figures in a Test innings was Tich Freeman, who took 0-169 against South Africa at the Oval back in 1929. Rashid’s figures are the worst by an England player in the post-war era, ahead of Pat Pocock’s 0-152 in the West Indies in 1974.

Rashid was withdrawn from England’s bowling attack after tea on day two in Abu Dhabi, spared further punishment by a Pakistan batting line up who had twisted the knife.

They were taking advantage of some woeful bowling, too, declaring on 523-8.

Plenty of questions have been asked in recent months about the quality of England’s spinners, with Moeen Ali preferred to Rashid for the duration of the Ashes series. However, there had been calls to give Rashid a try in the earlier matches against the West Indies so that he would have some Test experience coming into the Pakistan series, where more than one spinner was always going to be needed.

England even turned to Ben Stokes for an alternative spin option in their desperation in Abu Dhabi.

England even tried Stokes’ spin out

Rashid can take some solace from the fact that he remained some distance from the worst Test bowling figures of all time.

That record is held by Khan Mohammed or Pakistan, who took 0-259 against Gary Sobers’ West Indies in Kingston in 1958.

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