Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Adil Rashid: The legend grows

Last season I got very excited about the young Yorkshire batsman and leg-spinner Adil Rashid. After a quiet tour with England A over the winter, he is back in the headlines:
Adil Rashid again shone with the ball for Yorkshire but Durham showed plenty of fight at Headingley. Dale Benkenstein held the visitors together, following his century against Worcestershire with a battling 83 as the top order stuttered against Darren Gough and Tim Bresnan. However, when Benkenstein and Callum Thorp fell in consecutive deliveries to Rashid the innings stood at an unimpressive 207 for 8. Ottis Gibson and Graham Onions swung lustily adding 57 before Gough broke through, while Rashid claimed his fifth wicket when he ended the innings by removing Gibson.
A little caution is needed, as a lot of county batsmen play leg-spin badly. Ian Salisbury has enjoyed a successful career with Sussex and Surrey, but generally looked well out of his depth in test cricket.

Even so, I expect Adil Rashid will be playing for England before too long.

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