Adil Rashid, the leg-break bowler could be a potential threat to Australia in the forthcoming Ashes, if he is selected for the historic series.
As Moeen Ali has been going through a rough patch of his career, Rashid could be his ideal replacement in Ashes series to be played between England and Australia on July 8.
Adil Rashid, who scored 69 runs and picked up four wickets for 55 runs in England’s massive 210 run victory New Zealand, will play the second match of the Royal London Series between England and New Zealand at The Kia Oval on Friday.
At the age of 18 Rashid was picked as a batsman for Yorkshire’s Championship clash with Warwickshire, but it was not his batting that impressed everyone. Six for 67 in the second innings put him in all-rounder category that also helped Yorkshire to clinch the victory. It is believed that the current interim England coach Paul Farbrace, under whose tutelage Rashid plays in Yorkshire, is keen to keep him in the Test team.
In July 2006 Rashid was chosen for the county championship clash before his scheduled debut as former batsman Darren Lehmann had withdrawn himself due to calf injury.
The 27 year old Pakistani origin off spinner played his first ODI match in 2009 against Ireland has broken six year of disappearance in international cricket last month.
However, Rashid after making debut for England six year ago could not justify his talent. Lack of from in county cricket cost him a place in the England squad. He also had a decent Big Bash season, but it was in county where he florished the most, as he picked up 46 wickets at an average of 26 has earned him a berth in the playing eleven in New Zealand series.
With a spectacular show for England at Edgbaston, his position in team grew stronger as Moeen Ali is in bad form and unlikely to make the Ashes final XI. Jason Gillespie, his Australian coach at Yorkshire has batted for him, when he was asked by BBC about the spinner’s chance in England’s Ashes squad; the former Aussie fast bowler said, “If he was given an opportunity, a lot of support and a lot of backing, he would repay that faith. I have seen him perform in a lot of different conditions.”
Rashid has worked with both the late Terry Jenner, who coached the great Australia leg-spinner Shane Warne, and former England off-spinner Graeme Swann as he tried to develop his game.
England ODI Captain Eoin Morgan, who played with Rashid in 2009 for the first time, said “It will be huge. As a captain, it is great to have someone in your side who can turn the ball both ways, with the control Adil shows.”
So, if Rashid continues with his current good patch he will have a strong chance to be picked up for the first Ashes Test to be held in Cardiff.