Adil Rashid sets his sights on participating in the English title defense in 2023, as leg spinner says he will consider returning to the test action for next year’s India tour
- Adil Rashid turns 35 at the next World Cup tournament in India in 2023
- But leg spinner says it would be wonderful to help England defend their crown
- He suffered a shoulder injury, but claimed eleven wickets last year
- Rashid has not played Test cricket since January 2019, but would consider returning
- He says he will consider returning to the Test Arena through India before 2021
Adil Rashid wants to help England defend their World Cup crown in 2023 – even if he turns 35 during the tournament.
England’s white ball leg spinner spends the lockdown at home in Bradford, where he played cricket in the driveway with his brothers and worked on the awkward shoulder that nearly took him out of last summer’s triumph.
But free time also allowed him to think about his future. And with the next World Cup planned in India – where fields tend to turn around – a clear goal is on the horizon.
Adil Rashid (left) parades the World Cup trophy with captain Eoin Morgan after England’s dramatic Super Over win over New Zealand at Lord’s last year
Rashid says he wants to be part of the English title defense in India by 2023
“My goal is to play for England as long as possible,” he said. ‘I have a vision to achieve that: the World Cup 2023 would be nice. A lot can happen in three years, but I would like to do it again. ‘
England leads wicket takers in ODIs
269 - James Anderson
234 – Darren Gough
178 – Stuart Broad
168 – Andrew Flintoff
146 – Adil Rashid
145- Ian Botham
Rashid needed two injections to get through the 2019 league, beating England after a breathtaking superover in the final against New Zealand at Lord’s.
And while he wasn’t quite himself, with a modest 11 wickets in 11 games, he still showed his class with a crucial three-for in the semi-finals of Australia’s hammering at Edgbaston.
That was a reminder of his importance to Eoin Morgan’s team – confirming why he was the world’s leading wicket taker in one-day internationals between the 2015 and 2019 tournaments, claiming 130 victims with his leg fractures and googlies.
It’s easy to forget that just four men – Jimmy Anderson, Darren Gough, Stuart Broad and Andrew Flintoff – took more one-day wickets for England than Rashid’s 146.
Rashid successfully appeals to Australia’s Marcus Stoinis’ wicket during England’s thunderous semi-final win at Edgbaston last year
Rashid celebrates with close friend and fellow spinner Moeen Ali after triumph at Lord’s
The following spinners in the list are far behind: Graeme Swann at 104 and Moeen Ali, Rashid’s close friend, at 85.
“I don’t really care if people praise me or not,” he said. “As long as I know I’m doing my best. Morgs knows what I can do and what I have done over the past five years to help England. ‘
Rashid has not played any red ball cricket for England or Yorkshire since the Bridgetown Test in January 2019 and prefers to focus on the limited-overs formats.
But since England would play five tests in India in early 2021 – he took 23 wickets there in a series there in 2016-17 – there may be a route back.
“If I want to set my sights on something, I’m 100 percent focused on it,” he said. “I made the decision last year to play cricket with a white ball, and this decision will remain until September. From there I will review again.
Rashid has not played red ball cricket for England since the West Indies test in Barbados
Frm in the recent T20 and one-day series in South Africa have encouraged Rashid
“If I have the motivation, my shoulder is 100 percent and I feel like I can get back into the red cricket, which is something I would consider.”
Rashid admitted that he hadn’t talked to English captain Joe Root for “a few months” about returning to the five-day game.
But his confidence in his shoulder to withstand the rigors of international cricket was bolstered by his performance earlier in the year in South Africa, where he took three wickets in his first ODI since the World Cup final, and proved difficult to hit during England 2-1 victory in the Twenty20 series.
‘South Africa was a major turning point for me. The shoulder was stronger and much better than in New Zealand. I was bowling just as fast as in my career, so I saw a big difference.
“If I keep fit, if my shoulder gets stronger, then hopefully I can play for a long time.”