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    "I'm still confident that I can play Test cricket for England" : Adil Rashid

    Regarded as an important part of the England line-up in the shorter formats of the game, the 29-year-old Adil Rashid has an impressive tally of 70 ODI and 16 T20I wickets to his name.

    In an interview, Adil spoke about his team's disappointment of not winning the Champions Trophy, his desire to establish himself in the England Test team, Moeen Ali's rise as an effective spin weapon for his country, Saqlain Mushtaq's guidance in improving his bowling technique and the positive influence of Sarfaraz Ahmed's presence at Yorkshire this summer.





    PakPassion.net: How disappointing was it to not go on and win the Champions Trophy after such a good start to the tournament?

    Adil Rashid:
    Yes, it was disappointing as we played exceptionally well and we had a very good and strong squad with match-winners in every department. Unfortunately, it just wasn't our day in the semi-final but credit to Pakistan who outplayed us and were better than us in every department. There was a lot to learn from that defeat and hopefully in a similar scenario next time around, we can put up a better performance.


    PakPassion.net: At the Champions Trophy, you once again showed that you are not a one-trick pony and bowled very well in the batsman-dominated ODI format.

    Adil Rashid:
    Yes, that's something I have been working hard on in white ball cricket, knowing the game plans, knowing how to bowl in various situations and working on setting batsmen up. I've been working on my field-settings in the shorter formats also and it's been going quite well.


    PakPassion.net: For a while, many critics saw you just as a bowler who was suited to the longer formats. Is that a tag you wanted to remove?

    Adil Rashid:
    I have never really wanted to be a cricketer who was seen as a one-trick pony. I have always seen myself as a bowler who can perform and do well in any format and in any situation and someone who can take wickets in any type of cricket. I'm not in the England Test squad at the moment so my focus is on white ball cricket and performing in that format and let's see what happens in future.


    PakPassion.net: How impressed were you with Moeen Ali during the recently concluded Test series against South Africa?

    Adil Rashid:
    I've been really impressed and I always knew that he had that level of performance in him. He's a match-winner with either the bat or the ball and he's proven that in the past and he's shown that since he came into the England team. He's developed his game a lot since he came into international cricket, he's improved his batting and his bowling and hopefully he can continue doing that.


    PakPassion.net: His resurgence as a bowler is potentially bad news for you though?

    Adil Rashid:
    Not really. I'm happy for him as Moeen and myself are very close friends. I'm delighted for him and I hope he can carry that on and put in the performances with both the bat and the ball.


    PakPassion.net: Do you think there is room for you and Moeen to play in the same England team?

    Adil Rashid:
    Yes, I think the potential is there. We have done it in the past and there is no doubt in my mind that it can work. There were a few winter series in India, Bangladesh and in UAE against Pakistan and we both played in those series and I hope there will be chances for this to happen in future. Obviously it depends on the conditions and the state of the pitch and who the opposition is and the location. I'm still confident that I can play Test cricket for England and do a good job.


    PakPassion.net: What's it been like working with Saqlain Mushtaq and what's his advice been for you?

    Adil Rashid:
    He is very knowledgeable and he knows a lot about the game. He's helped both Moeen and myself tremendously. He's focused with more on the mental side of the game, ball trajectory, the pace I should bowl at in different conditions, ball repetition, working out the opposition batsmen and how important practice is ahead of a match.


    PakPassion.net: You are 29 now and at a point where you surely want to be a regular pick in international cricket?

    Adil Rashid:
    Yes, that's true, but over the past two years I've been playing quite a bit of white ball international cricket and I hope to carry that on. I'm fairly confident that I can keep that going but yes, my aim is also to play Test cricket and I've got to make sure that I put in the performances for Yorkshire and hopefully get my chance again in the five-day format.


    PakPassion.net: Do you think you are at a key stage of your career?

    Adil Rashid:
    I think every stage of your career is key and you are always learning. You go through various phases in your career, highs and lows and you have to take the rough with the smooth. I don't think any stage in your career can be earmarked as a key stage and you just have to live in the moment, play in the present and not look too far into the future or not look too deeply into the past.


    PakPassion.net: What's it been like to have Sarfaraz Ahmed at Yorkshire. Did he remind you about the Champions Trophy semi-final?

    Adil Rashid:
    Yes we've had a few friendly chats and he's reminded me about the Champions Trophy result a couple of times. He's been very good for us and he's got a lot of knowledge about the game and he's been passing that onto all of his team-mates.


    PakPassion.net: Does anything faze Joe Root, he just seems to take everything in his stride?

    Adil Rashid:
    He's already shown that he was the right choice as captain against one of the best teams in the world. Captaincy didn't affect his batting at all, he was as good as he has been. He's a clever cricketer and very switched-on regarding who to bowl and when to bowl them. He's the right choice as England captain and hopefully he can carry that on as captain and with the bat.


    PakPassion.net: We are seeing a resurgence in young leg-spinners around the world, that must be heartening?

    Adil Rashid:
    Yes, there are some fine young leg-spinners showing their credentials. Shadab Khan from Pakistan, Mason Crane for Hampshire and Matthew Parkinson at Lancashire all look very promising. There are many others who are doing well especially in the shorter formats. Having a leg-spinner in your team is a big weapon. Sometimes things do not go well for leg-spinners but that's just part of cricket but they are match-winners and sometimes they can turn a match on its head. A good leg-spinner is tough for the batsmen especially if they have all the variations.


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    He has really improved as a cricketer. Very solid bowler and has been key in England's rise in ODI cricket. Was a major shock when he was left out of the 11 to play Bangladesh. He also played a few good knocks in tests in UAE and India. I'm surprised he is left out of England test team. Definitely better than Liam Dawson and he had a good series in India. He is still fairly young for a spinner though so he should eventually get a chance to put on the whites for England again

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    He's been hard done by with how he's been dealt with in the Test format. Yet to play a home test and has only been given chances on tough away tours to UAE and India where there were unrealistic expectations on him. Still remember when they took him to the West Indies where the pitches were turners and yet did not play him. That would've been the kind of series for him to debut in and bed himself in to the Test side rather than coming up against Pakistan as he did later that year in the UAE.

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    Possibly the best leg-spinner in England atm and should be given more chances in the Test squad at home as well.


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    Steady improvement from Adil and looks like he has more confidence in his bowling these days.



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    They seem to view him as a "horses for courses" overseas bowler rather than a consistent pick in the side.

    Seems like there is still an ambivalence from the ECB towards selecting legspinners in English conditions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by James View Post
    They seem to view him as a "horses for courses" overseas bowler rather than a consistent pick in the side.

    Seems like there is still an ambivalence from the ECB towards selecting legspinners in English conditions.
    If he is good then he will do well everywhere. Shane Warne was a case in point


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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    If he is good then he will do well everywhere. Shane Warne was a case in point
    Perhaps some of the more experienced English PPers can help with this one - not sure if any legspinners apart from Warne have done particularly well in English conditions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by James View Post
    Perhaps some of the more experienced English PPers can help with this one - not sure if any legspinners apart from Warne have done particularly well in English conditions.
    Mushtaq Ahmed- excellent for Pakistan and also in County Cricket for Somerset and Sussex.



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    Mason Crane seems a better prospect. I hope he doesn't get the treatment Adil has.

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    @shaz619 @Big Mac


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    More chance of being the BBC Political Correspondent than a first choice test spinner.

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    Should have played all five Ashes tests instead of Moeen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by James View Post
    Perhaps some of the more experienced English PPers can help with this one - not sure if any legspinners apart from Warne have done particularly well in English conditions.
    Well, there weren't any really. Abdul Qadir didn't do much here. Trevor Hohns did OK IIRC, but his batters were piling up so many runs he had freedom to attack.

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    Just doesnt have the control for tests. He lengths are either too full or too short and a captain cant set fields. He needs to go back to basics which means a fiercely spun leg break pitching on or around off and middle on a good length.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert View Post
    Should have played all five Ashes tests instead of Moeen.
    Moeen was terrible, he would be just as bad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Abdullah719 View Post


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    Ah, so this is what it feels like

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    It is sad that Rashid didn't even get a go in the home summer. He should have been there for at least a few games, against both SA and WI. He has bowled well in hard away tours and is part of the international set up anyway, yet the ECB are picking anyone BUT him. Same goes for Plunkett.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert View Post
    Well, there weren't any really. Abdul Qadir didn't do much here. Trevor Hohns did OK IIRC, but his batters were piling up so many runs he had freedom to attack.
    Tiger O'reilly?

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    A leg spinner has to be bang on target in longer format. I have seen enough of Adil and even Ish Sodhi, they are quite inconsistent with their line and length.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert View Post
    Should have played all five Ashes tests instead of Moeen.
    He would have gotten smashed and then you would say moeen should have played

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    Quote Originally Posted by static View Post
    He would have gotten smashed and then you would say moeen should have played
    He would have got hit, but would have taken some wickets too. There’s no point taking orthodox English fingerspin to Australia. Even Swann was reduced to a stock bowler there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cric1234 View Post
    Tiger O'reilly?
    Before my time, I have only read about the Golden Age. I was talking about bowlers I have seen. Kumble did little in England too.

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    Surely he would have done better than Moeen with the ball in the Tests. Totally agree that Adil can leak runs and bowl some buffet balls however he bowls some wicket taking balls as well.

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    Moeen and Adil should start playing tests together. England should stop relying on Moeen to be their lead-spinner, he is not a specialist. No other all-rounder has been forced to be the main man with their weaker skill.

    With Adil there to be the wicket-taking option, Moeen can concentrate on his match-changing batting and will also be able to play the role of second-spinner with less pressure.

    England don't need more than four seamers in their side especially when all of them are carbon copies of each other. Anderson, Broad, Woakes, Stokes, Rashid and Moeen is a far more balanced attack than what England have recently been fielding.

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    He may go for runs but he is capable of picking up wickets. I d9nt think he is the worst opition .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bilal7 View Post
    Moeen and Adil should start playing tests together. England should stop relying on Moeen to be their lead-spinner, he is not a specialist. No other all-rounder has been forced to be the main man with their weaker skill.
    Carl Hooper was.

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    Given Moeen’s bowling has been a bit shaky of late I’m surprised Adil has gone down this route because a good start to the first class season could have seen him recalled.

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    England all-rounder Adil Rashid will only play white-ball cricket for Yorkshire during the 2018 season.

    The club are re-negotiating the leg-spinner's contract, although the 29-year-old's situation will be reviewed in the autumn.

    Rashid, a regular in England's one-day international and T20 sides, made the most recent of his 10 Test appearances against India in December 2016.

    "It's for this season coming and to see how it goes," he told the club website.

    "At this moment in my career, I just feel that white-ball cricket is where I am best and where I feel I can develop and offer a lot more.

    "It's not me saying I'm finished from red ball. It's just this summer I'm going to concentrate on white ball and see where that takes me. England and Trevor Bayliss were happy with the decision I made and are backing me fully."

    Rashid, who turns 30 on Saturday, has played 59 one-day internationals and 27 T20s for England and is a member of the squad for the ongoing T20 tri-series against Australia and New Zealand.

    Yorkshire are "firmly in favour" of Rashid also playing red-ball cricket, but director of cricket Martyn Moxon said they would respect his decision to focus on the shorter forms of the game.

    "He explained he wanted to concentrate on becoming the best white-ball cricketer he could possibly be," said Moxon.

    "From my point of view it's disappointing because I think Adil has got the ability to play in all three formats, not only at county level, but also at international level."
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cricket/43072627
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    Yes yes, avoid Red ball cricket till Indians leave the country after touring. Good plan.


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    Rashid shelves first-class cricket for white-ball deal

    I think it is the right call for him. Article on CI. This small trickle of players slowly giving up on FC cricket will gather force in the coming decade. Rashid is giving up FC for an year, but looking at his lack of success in Tests relative to LOIs and his age, i don't see him coming back to FC full time anytime soon..

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    This is only for one year and with the WC in mind. It makes a lot of sense for him to do this, given that he can become a star for England by performing well next year and can get back into the FC circuit next year.

    He's not even 30 years old yet. Can easily play for another five years.

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