Adil Rashid plans to profit from threat of fast bowlers
Adil Rashid believes he can cash in with wickets as batsmen look to stave off England’s fast-bowling threat.
- Leg-spinner took one wicket in 106-run win over Bangladesh
- England’s quicks combined for remaining nine wickets in Cardiff
The decision to play an extra paceman for the conditions paid dividends for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 hosts at Cardiff on Saturday as they beat Bangladesh by 106 runs.
Having spent most of his international career with great friend and fellow slow bowler Moeen Ali, Rashid anticipates a return to the dual-spin threat before the competition is much older.
But he also senses knock-on benefits of operating alongside the likes of Jofra Archer, Mark Wood and Liam Plunkett, all capable of passing 140kmh.
“It is nice having that pace in the side to try to rough up teams, then me coming on and batsmen trying to come after me,” Rashid said.
“I can try to take wickets that way. Batsmen can think they have to target the spinner so it could work in my favour and you might get a five-for one day.”
Rashid, who believes he is over the worst of shoulder trouble, is England’s most successful one-day spinner with 134 wickets from 91 games. A strike rate of a wicket every 33.1 balls underlines his importance as a wicket-taking threat in mid-innings.
Net bowling to the likes of Jason Roy and Jos Buttler has proved ideal preparation for trying to counter the numerous big-hitters among the ten countries contesting the World Cup.
“They practise the way they play in the games,” Rashid said. “I enjoy that, it is a good contest knowing I have to bowl properly and improve and find ways to bowl. They do hit the ball hard and far and they are world-class batsmen.
“I try to do what I would in matches: keep it simple, nice and straight or whatever, watch the batsman, mix up the pace, basically stick to my strengths and don’t try to go outside what I know.
“Bowlers are only human. We have to remind ourselves of what we do well. People can be a bit put off if batsmen come after them, and bowl differently. What I have learnt is stick your strengths no matter who is batting at the other end.”
England are next in action against West Indies at the Hampshire Bowl on Friday, and Rashid was asked whether Roy, who will be fresh from his 153 against Bangladesh, is now the team’s equivalent of Chris Gayle.
“We’ve got so many,” he said. “Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow can score very quickly, then Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Eoin Morgan. So it’s not just Jason.
“Chris Gayle is in his own league, but it’s good to have Jason and Jonny at the top of the order. I think they are the best opening combination in the world at the moment, they complement each other very well.”