Jimmy’s reminding me of Glenn McGrath before his injury at Edgbaston in 2005, virtually impossible to score a run off, pinpoint accurate, getting big wickets late on in the day. If you cut out those first 20 tests or so before he really settled on an action and bowling role (Swing as oppose to pace) his average would be signifcantly lower than it already is.
I could be wrong (as I often am) but I thought it was over-coaching that mucked Jimmy about in his early career. He was pacey but coaches changed his action trying to get more out of him & caused him a lot of back issues.
He came back with a lower pace, different action & began to learn the art of swing - which he's improved upon thoughout his career since to be the #1 swing bowler in the world for several years. And still is. All my opinion, of course.
I can half see why they picked Rashid - a leggie who can turn a ball on pretty much any surface, and every ball is a potential wicket-taker. Maybe not to his credit that quite a number of his wickets come off shocking deliveries but, hey, it works & batsmen keep getting out to him.
Still very harsh on Leach, though, he's a much better bowler than Moeen.
I'm sure Broad would have played instead of Rashid if he hadn't reported in with bed-bug bites!
Not seen any of the play yet. Friday & Saturday nights I've forewarned Mrs Q that I'll be watching the game upstairs.