Yorkshire leg-spinner Adil Rashid insists he’s ready to shine on the national stage after being called up to England’s Ashes squad.
The 27-year-old was named as part of the 13-man national squad shortly after the conclusion of Yorkshire’s thumping innings victory over Durham at Chester-le-Street today.
It’s always a dream to play Test cricket for any youngster and to be a part of an Ashes squad is really good.
Rashid finished with match figures of 4-120 from 43.1 overs, including 30 unchanged from the Lumley End in the second innings, as his county moved top of the County Championship.
With the rest of England’s squad meeting up with new head coach Trevor Bayliss on a bonding trip to Spain, Rashid was asked to get overs under his belt in this match.
And national selector James Whittaker, in attendance on the first three days, saw enough to warrant inclusion for the Test squad ahead of Wednesday’s series opener against Australia.
“It’s always a dream to play Test cricket for any youngster and to be a part of an Ashes squad is really good,” he said shortly after discovering the news.
“Dizzy (head coach, Jason Gillespie) was the first one to say ‘well done on your selection’. I checked my phone, got a message from Mr Whittaker to say you’ve been included in the Ashes squad.
“I’m really looking forward to it, it’s an exciting time and hopefully I can do well.”
Rashid praised the impact of Gillespie, the spinner’s head coach at Yorkshire since 2011, and club captain Andrew Gale on his development.
“He (Jason Gillespie) has been a huge influence. As soon as he came he encouraged me to spin the ball up, give it plenty of air.
“Galey has been really good to me in the past couple of years, knows my game a lot more now, knows that I can go out there and attack – bowl my wrong-uns, bowl my variations – and also control the game.
“Over the past couple of years, I think I’ve developed nicely and this year I think I have concentrated a lot more on just looking to bowl a lot more variations and be a lot more attacking. As a result, I feel as though I’m bowling a bit better.”