June 21, 2009

Ashes

Adil Rashid's rapid rise provides Test debate

Nishi Narayanan

The World Twenty20 is nearing its end and Scyld Berry is eager to look ahead to the Ashes and the promising 21-year old legspinner Adil Rashid who could become England's second spinner against Australia, behind Graeme Swann and ahead of Monty Panesar, who makes England's tail too long. He writes in the Sunday Telegraph:

For a 21-year-old leg-spinner born and brought up in England, Rashid has come on exceptionally quickly: not since Ian Peebles bamboozled Don Bradman with his googly in 1930 have England, or in the latter case Scotland, had such a promising wrist-spinner at so tender an age. Rashid's first-class figures stack up for a Test career sooner or later: 150 wickets already at 33 runs each, a bit expensive but largely offset by a first-class batting average of 32.

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