Matt Parkinson hopes a leg spin partnership with Adil Rashid can take England to the T20 World Cup

Matt Parkinson hopes his fruitful partnership with Adil Rashid can take England to the T20 World Cup in the UAE as he insists the success of the Pakistani series has helped him push his case for regular roster

  • Parkinson, Rashid and Moeen Ali sparkled as England beat Pakistan on Sunday
  • Lancashire spinner Parkinson, 24, took a frugal 1-25 from his four overs
  • And he hopes his normally sub-46pmh bowling can keep him in the white-ball XI
  • The T20 World Cup, which starts in October, will be played on dry fields in the UAE
  • Those conditions may be appropriate for a two- or three-man bowling attack with Parkinson’s

Matt Parkinson hopes the contrast between him and Adil Rashid will encourage England to keep two leg spinners on duty until the Twenty20 World Cup.

The sight of both on the same English team, at Headingley of all places, against Pakistan in the second international on Sunday was an exciting sight ahead of a World Cup to be played on dry and tired pitches in the United Arab Emirates.

Now the Lancastrian wants England to continue an experiment where three spinners, including Moeen Ali’s off-spin, took five wickets between them, starting with a ‘dream’ first appearance for his country at his home Old Trafford grounds on Tuesday night.

Matt Parkinson has expressed hope he can stay on the England side for the T20 World Cup

Parkinson paired well with fellow leg spinner Adil Rashid (center) to help England beat Pakistan in Sunday's second T20 international, who will field a series decider on Tuesday

Parkinson paired well with fellow leg spinner Adil Rashid (center) to help England beat Pakistan in Sunday’s second T20 international, who will field a series decider on Tuesday

“We’re different,” Parkinson said of himself and the much more established Rashid. “He bowls faster than me and uses his googly a lot more, while a lot has been made about how slow I bowl.

“It was different from each end and they couldn’t just line up one of us. I would love to continue playing with Rash. I don’t think it will always be feasible, but I can only hope that the performances I deliver can help with that.

“It’s rare to see two leg spinners. Growing up, I caught the back of Shane Warne and then a little bit of Stuart MacGill, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen them together. Rash is No. 1 and an absolute weapons bowler, but I’d like to think this week has supplanted my case.”

Parkinson, Rashid and off-spinner Moeen Ali (center) formed a fine three-man spin partnership

Parkinson, Rashid and off-spinner Moeen Ali (center) formed a fine three-man spin partnership

It’s Parkinson’s slow speed — he rarely exceeds 46 miles per hour — that was considered an obstacle for him to succeed at the international level. But he has made it a strength this season, first as a replacement for Rashid and then as a complement.

“I used to think too much about my speeds,” Parkinson said. “When we toured South Africa there was a lot written about it and I found myself looking at the sign to see if I could push 47 mph.

“But now I’ve embraced it. We had a conversation last summer and I said I’d like to be the only bowler who does it this way. It would be pretty cool not to have to conform to what other spinners do, but actually be niche.”

Parkinson, Saqib Mahmood and batters Liam Livingstone (left) and Jos Buttler (right), all Lancashire players, are expected to play Tuesday's game at their home ground, Old Trafford.

Parkinson, Saqib Mahmood and batters Liam Livingstone (left) and Jos Buttler (right), all Lancashire players, are expected to play Tuesday’s game at their home ground, Old Trafford.

Parkinson will fulfill his Old Trafford dream as he becomes one of four Lancashire players expected to play in tonight’s decider alongside Jos Buttler, Saqib Mahmood and a batsman making a name for himself in Liam Livingstone.

Livingstone followed up the fastest century by an English player of all sizes at Trent Bridge on Friday by hitting a huge six over the new Emerald Stand in Headingley. It was one of the biggest hits ever in England.

“He claims to have hit two bigger ones,” Parkinson added. “He beat me for a few similar ones in training, but that’s the biggest I’ve seen in a match.”

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