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Adil Rashid to leave England's tour of Caribbean for birth of second child

Rashid was left out of a 12-man squad for the second Test after claiming 0 for 117 in Barbados

Adil Rashid is congratulated by his team-mates, Sri Lanka v England, 2nd Test, Pallekele, 2nd day, November 15, 2018

Adil Rashid is congratulated by his team-mates  •  Associated Press

Adil Rashid has been granted permission to fly home from England's tour of the Caribbean to attend the birth of his second child. Rashid was left out of a 12-man squad for the second Test in Antigua, and will instead return to the UK later this week.
Rashid has played nine Tests in a row since being recalled last summer, despite opting out of red-ball cricket for Yorkshire. He played a key role as part of a three-man spin attack in England's 3-0 win in Sri Lanka before Christmas but was less successful in Barbados, where England were thrashed by 381 runs.
England chose to go into the match at Kensington Oval with two spinners, Rashid and Moeen Ali, but neither was able to provide control in the manner of Jack Leach, the slow left-armer who was omitted. Rashid claimed 0 for 117 across 26 overs, with his legspin notably underbowled on the third day, as Jason Holder and Shane Dowrich went about amassing their unbroken 295-run stand.
"It's not necessarily a reflection on how Adil has gone about things," Joe Root, England's captain, said ahead of the second Test. "When he comes into the side you want him to make things happen and take wickets, to show off all of his tricks. On balance we think a slightly different approach might be more effective here."
Rashid is not expected to return in time to be in contention for the third Test, which starts in St Lucia on February 9, but will be involved in the ODI and T20 series to follow.
England's other major selection decision has been to drop opener Keaton Jennings and give a debut to 32-year-old Joe Denly. They trail 1-0 in the three-match series and have not won in the Caribbean since 2004.