Adil Rashid
Adil Rashid could be dropped for the 2nd Test (AFP Photo)

Spinner Adil Rashid‘s struggle against West Indies in Barbados might see him being benched for the second Test which gets underway from Thursday, feels Nasser Hussain.

West Indies won the first Test by 381 runs to take 1-0 lead in the three-match series. They rolled over England for 77 in the first innings and then 246 in the second dig.

While pacer Kemar Roach inflicted the maximum damage in the first essay, part-timer Roston Chase returned career-best 8/60 to seal as England were set an improbable 628 runs to win.

Rashid delivered 26 wicketless overs across the two innings for 117 runs. He was taken apart by Windies batsmen as they racked up 415/6d in the second innings.

Jack Leach, a left-arm spinner, made his Test debut in March last year and in four matches so far, 20 wickets at 24.90.

“There is a question about Rashid,” Hussain told Sky Sports. “[Joe] Root only bowled him for seven overs on day three and then Windies’ part-time spinner [Roston Chase] gets 8/60 on day four. Leach is more at you all the time, so they might go for him over Rashid.”

Keaton Jennings has also been struggling since his century against Sri Lanka in the first Test last year. However, a lack of options could mean the opener will keep his place for the time being, reckons Hussain.

“Jennings at the top of the order is also vulnerable – his playing of seam has been poor, so do they keep him in the side?” Hussain said.

Joe Denly and Jason Roy are the two options but both fall out of contention due to different reasons. “Denly has not had a lot of cricket recently because of the way schedules are with no games in between, and he has been batting in the middle order for Kent in [County Championship] Division Two,” the former captain said.

He further added, “My gut feel is that the person England really want to come in to play in the Ashes is Jason Roy – but you can’t just fly Roy out here. This is the quandary they have. They might stick with Jennings and then hope that Roy has early season form – but Roy bats in the middle order for Surrey as well. So there are problems.

Despite the crushing loss to West Indies, who are ranked just above Bangladesh and Zimbabwe in Test cricket, Hussain said there’s no need to press the panic button.

“England have been very good recently, winning eight out of nine Tests [before the Barbados Test] so it’s not a time for absolute panic and doom and gloom – but they have some flaws,” he said.