2017 ICC Champions Trophy: England Looking To Win Every Game – Adil Rashid
The leg-spinner for England, Adil Rashid has expressed satisfaction after being inducted into the side for the second game, as he missed out the tournament opener against Bangladesh which hosts won convincingly by eight wickets; as he further revealed England side is giving best to win their all games.
“We look to win every game, whether we are through to the semis or not,” Rashid was quoted as saying by Guardian.
Rashid has struggled at times, but the Bradford-born has shown his quality improvement, moreover, on the non-spinning tracks which has kept him focused on his own game.
Believing in his variations, Rashid stated he has improved as a bowler and has shown maturity with the ball, as he is hinging on his experience to play the pivotal role for England in the foreseeable future.
“We will still go out and play our positive cricket and the bowlers will give it their all,” Rashid said.
In his impressive return against New Zealand, Adil Rashid bagged two wickets after conceding 47 runs, as he has been England’s go-to bowler in the recent past.
“We have to make sure our two days of prep is good, our mindset is right and whatever happens on the day, happens,” Rashid maintained.
The 29-year-old slow bowler Rashid claimed the wickets of Neil Broom and Mitchell Santner on a wicket which was tipped to help the fast bowlers, as it was the surprise call to pick Rashid at the expense of Chris Woakes at Sophia Gardens which has shorter boundaries at the sight screen end.
“It’s disappointing not to play but I was still backing the team and if given the chance, I try my best. It wasn’t hard to get over it,” Rashid remarked.
Rashid stated he was not disappointed at missing out the first match while stating it’s a complacent side and skipper has a hard task to cut out in order to pick the Playing XI.
“I wasn’t really upset as we’ve got a strong squad and at some point, some players will be left out. It’s about preparing to play and making sure you’re ready if you get the nod,” Rashid further said.
The successful spinner for England in home conditions, Rashid stated he is happy and backing his national side for lifting the coveted trophy of the global tournament. He also revealed picking and warming the bench is a part and parcel of the game and every player has gone through the same phase during their career.
“As you get older, play more, you experience more situations in games and how to react to them,” Rashid concluded.
As England is scheduled to play Australia at Edgbaston on June 10, Rashid is expecting to give his best against Steven Smith-led side while adding he has been enjoying bowling in Birmingham.
In 47 One-day Internationals, Rashid, who made his debut in 2009, has bagged 65 wickets at an average of 33.80.
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