Adil Rashid ready to adjust if England choose to drop Moeen Ali during Cricket World Cup


Moeen Ali was benched for last Saturday’s clash against Bangladesh as Eoin Morgan opted to flood his attack with 90mph men and could do so again against West Indies on Friday.

But while that leaves Rashid in the firing line, the leg-spinner insists that could play right into his hands.

“It felt a bit different, because me and Moeen [Ali] have been paying together on the same team for the past two years,” said Rashid.

“With him not being there, it does feel a bit different you have to adjust and do your own thing.

“But it’s a thing that the batsmen think maybe we’ve got to target the spinner here so it can work in favour of the [one] spinner. They can come hard at the spinner as result you get a wicket some days and you get a five-for.

“It’s nice to have that pace knowing we can rough teams up and then for me to come in and hopefully someone comes after you and the wickets come for me that way.”

England have favoured a twin-spin attack in all but the first of six ODIs at Southampton played since the last World Cup.

But they may decide to stick with a winning formula after the comprehensive win over Bangladesh got their World Cup campaign back on track.

Moeen, who has taken four wickets in two games compared to Rashid’s two in three, travelled home to be with his wife who is expecting their second child imminently after being left out in Cardiff.

Jos Buttler, who sustained “heavy bruising” on his right hip during the match against Bangladesh is responding well to treatment and is expected to play a full part in Friday’s game.


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