Rashid revels in England call-up


Published: Wednesday 1st July 2015 by The News Editor

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Yorkshire leg-spinner Adil Rashid is basking in the joy of being called up to England’s Ashes squad for the first Test in Cardiff next week.

The uncapped Rashid was the surprise name in the 13-man squad announced to take on Australia at the SSE Swalec, which gets under way next Wednesday.

He was omitted from the four-day team bonding trip to Spain recently, which was largely viewed as an indicator of the squad the hosts would choose.

However, with England keen to bolster their frontline spin options, Rashid and Worcestershire all-rounder Moeen Ali have both been included.

“I’m delighted, over the moon, and am looking forward to going there and seeing what happens,” Rashid said on Yorkshire’s official website.

“It is definitely a career highlight. It’s always a dream to play Test cricket for any youngster, especially to be part of an Ashes squad. I’m really looking forward to it. Hopefully I can do well.”

Rashid was unconcerned after missing out on the training camp in Almeria and thinks playing for Yorkshire in the LV= County Championship Division One match in Durham was better preparation anyway.

“I was just told by (England assistant coach) Paul Farbrace to come here to Durham and get some overs under my belt and see what happened,” he said.

“I was told to come here and play some red ball cricket, get some overs under my belt and if selected for the squad, you’re ready.

“It was good to get some overs under my belt, get into rhythm and bowl my tricks.”

It has been a stellar last 18 months for the 27-year-old, who catapulted himself back into international contention last year by taking 81 wickets for the White Rose in all formats last season.

He continued his recent resurgence with fine, if not spectacular, displays in the limited-overs formats against New Zealand recently, taking eight wickets in five one-dayers.

Rashid believes his consistent displays can be attributed to a more carefree attitude on the field.

“I think now I’m a lot more relaxed, looking to spin the ball both ways and have fun, ” he said.

“I’m not really worried about going for runs. I look to attack and create chances and wickets. That’s all I’ve been thinking over the last two years.”

Published: Wednesday 1st July 2015 by The News Editor

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