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by Alastair Symondson Thursday 10 September 2015
England leg-spinner, Adil Rashid, iterated that his team's 93-run win at Old Trafford against Australia in the third game of the ongoing One-Day International series was a confidence booster.
Having lost the first two ODIs in Southampton and London, England came back strongly into the third game, led by James Taylor's century, which helped the hosts post 300 runs on the board.
Rashid, who took two wickets in the victory at Old Trafford on Tuesday, stated that the team gained confidence from their fantastic bowling performance.
“Yeah, big confidence, we played exceptionally well.
“The top order set the tone and James Taylor got the hundred, a magnificent inning which helped put a big score on the board.
“To bowl as well as we did, (it is a) great confidence boost coming into this (fourth) game.”
In the third ODI, Rashid and Moeen Ali shared five wickets between them, including those of Aaron Finch, Steven Smith, George Bailey and Glenn Maxwell – the heart of the Australian batting order.
When asked if he and Ali are the future of England’s spin-bowling endeavours, Rashid did not want to look too far ahead.
“It was nice bowling with him (Moeen).
“But you honestly have to keep your head down and keep continuing to do what we are doing and try to take it a game at a time without looking too far ahead.
“Next game is tomorrow (11th September), let us see what happens.”
Rashid will play his first game for England in Headingley, when he faces Australia for the fourth ODI of the series.
Having played the majority of his first-class career in Headingley for Yorkshire, Rashid is hoping to capitalise on his home advantage.
“First time playing in international colours in Yorkshire.
“It is a big moment for me and hopefully I can grab it.”
The pitch used in the third game at Old Trafford was helping the spinners extract a reasonable amount of turn.
While he was happy to perform well on such a wicket, Rashid felt that the results will come only when a bowler bowls in the right areas, even on friendly wickets.
“Yeah there was a bit of a turn in there (the Old Trafford pitch).
“You still got to bowl in the right areas.
“It is nice to bowl on a pitch that is helpful for the spinners.
“It gives us a chance as well.”
Revealing his thought process as a bowler, Rashid asserted that one must quickly adapt when the batsmen are on a song, especially in the shorter formats of the game.
“It is difficult at times, you know a batsman is going to come hard at you.
“You got to adapt to that.
“You have to find a way to get him out or keep him tied down.
“That is what we work on in practice and that is what we try to do in the games.
“Whatever happens on the day happens.”
With a Test series in UAE against Pakistan coming up in conditions which aid the spinners, Rashid will be in contention for selection when the England selectors meet next week.
Though it will be a memorable moment if he gets the nod, Rashid is not bothered much about selection issue, instead he is looking to focus on his performance.
"It would be nice to play, but that's a long way away.
“I'm not really concentrating on that, I'm just looking to take it a step at a time so that if I do get selected in a Test series I'll be chuffed.
"Trev (Trevor Bayliss) has been really encouraging, personally encouraging me to spin the ball, look to take wickets and be positive and that is the same throughout the whole squad.
"We haven't really talked about playing two spinners.
“We just talk about the individual - 'what is your aim in this game?'.
“The rest is up to the selectors and the team.”
With the win in the third game at Old Trafford on Tuesday, England has broken Australia's streak of nine consecutive ODI wins since the loss against New Zealand in the group stages of the 2015 World Cup.
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