ENGLAND TOUR OF WEST INDIES 2018-19
Rob Johnston • Final up to date on Tue, 19 Feb, 2019, 06:33 AM
Prior to now two years, Adil Rashid has averaged 26 in ODIs © Getty
England leg-spinner Adil Rashid says he’s excited somewhat than intimidated concerning the prospect of bowling to Chris Gayle after the West Indian opener mentioned England’s bowlers ought to watch out for him through the upcoming five-match ODI collection.
Gayle, who introduced he’ll retire from 50-over cricket on the finish of the World Cup in England this summer time, mentioned he will likely be trying to placed on a present for his dwelling supporters through the collection which begins on Wednesday at Kensington Oval, proclaiming himself as the very best batsmen on the earth and saying he stays the “Universe Boss”.
“It is thrilling,” Rashid mentioned when requested about Gayle’s feedback. “It is a problem for everyone, we’ve got individuals who hit the ball a great distance. It is thrilling for me, I can put my sport plans into place, use my variations and being intelligent with what you bowl. I am trying ahead to it.
“There are clearly some considerations however it’s important to consider in your self, you have to have faith. You must exit and stick with your strengths and be assured that you could get him out. He is solely human. We’re all human and make errors. So it solely takes one ball for him to make a mistake and get out. It is that sort of mindset that we want.”
Rashid, who took 2 for 21 from seven overs in England’s warm-up match in Barbados on Sunday, is a key a part of England’s ODI crew, the person liable for taking wickets by way of the center overs to maintain opposition batting line-ups in examine. It has been a task he has been enjoying expertly. Prior to now two years, he averages 26 with the ball in ODI cricket with an economic system charge of lower than 5.four an over.
His place with the white-ball stands in distinction to his place in Take a look at cricket which is, at current, extra marginal. He performed within the first Take a look at of the collection towards West Indies in Barbados however went wicketless throughout England’s defeat after which returned dwelling for the delivery of his second baby having been instructed he wouldn’t be chosen for the second match. Having performed 9 consecutive Checks, being dropped is a setback to his ambitions of enjoying on this summer time’s Ashes collection.
“[My role in the ODI team is the] similar because it has been for previous three or 4 years,” he mentioned. “Nothing modifications. It is to create possibilities, look to bowl variations and if it occurs, nice, and if it does not, high quality. So I feel my function is that very same as I have been doing for the previous three or 4 years.
“You must work arduous and have performances day in, day trip. I am nonetheless a great distance off that in Take a look at cricket changing into that world-beater. You have got the odd efficiency right here and there however to again it up constantly has up to now been a little bit of a problem or no matter. Now the preparation is white-ball cricket. Give attention to that, my strengths, what I am trying to work on, no matter it’s main as much as the World Cup and past.”
Regardless of the attract of challenges forward, Rashid says England are targeted on beginning the run-in to the World Cup with some good performances within the Caribbean. “The World Cup will likely be large,” he mentioned. “We’re all trying ahead to that. However there’s loads of cricket to be performed earlier than then. We will not take this collection calmly, we’ll give it 100%.
“You will need to begin any sport effectively. We can’t look too far forward understanding there’s a World Cup and Ashes, it’s nonetheless a great distance away. Take it a sport at a time. We’re simply trying to focus on this West Indies collection.”