Originally Posted by sanskritsimon
Judging from recent discussions on the "spin conundrum" thread, this question should be split into two questions. Firstly, why was Rashid not picked? Answer, because the selectors think he's not good enough. Secondly, why was Dawson picked? Well, you saw the pitch. The seamers were largely ineffective, especially in the second innings, so a second spinner was a no-brainer, and bearing in mind the answer to question one, it obviously had to be Dawson, who didn't do badly in the previous test.
To be fair to the seamers, they bowled 10-3-24-2 second innings, so did just fine, but obviously conditions suited the spinners more and given the magnificence of Ali, they didn't get much of a go. If we'd lost the toss and bowled first, we'd have probably used the seamers more in both innings than we did. Otherwise agree though, certainly around the rationale behind the selection.