Rashid: BBL made me a better bowler

"It was a chance to play against different players in different conditions"

“It was a chance to play against different players in different conditions”

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England spinner Adil Rashid believes that his stint with the Adelaide Strikers in the Big Bash League (BBL) helped transform him into a better bowler.

Rashid represented the Strikers in nine matches and finished as the second-highest wicket-taker in the tournament with 16 wickets at a brilliant average of 14.12. Thanks to his contributions with the ball, the Strikers had a successful campaign as they managed to reach the semi-finals.

Rashid now hopes to use the experience he gained in the BBL when he plays for England in the ongoing ODI series against South Africa and the upcoming World Twenty20 in India in March.

“It was a good decision to play in a big competition as opposed to being here and maybe not getting any match practice,” Rashid said. “It was a chance to play against different players in different conditions, and playing in front of 50,000 was a great experience.

“In Australia, you learn to bowl on different pitches at bigger grounds and with different fields. Everything is new so you have to adapt, and wherever you go that experience helps in how to bowl on any day.

“Over the years I’ve learnt I have to mix it up a lot more as a bowler, especially in one-day and Twenty20 cricket. I must have variations – googlies, sliders whatever it is to get wickets.”

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