English spin in good health - Swann
Graeme Swann believes the man who could one day rival him as England’s number one spinner has the potential to become a major force in international cricket.
Swann’s stellar impact in the 18 months since he won back his place with England has seen him make the position his own, but Yorkshire leg-spinner Adil Rashid is viewed as an important player for the future.
Rashid played in the last ICC World Twenty20 and has been picked for a number of tours with the Test team.
The 21-year-old is currently touring the United Arab Emirates with England Lions as he bids to continue his progression.
Off-spinner James Tredwell, who joins England on the subsequent Test and one-day tour of Bangladesh, is another expected to feature for the shadow side when they meet Andy Flower’s senior XI in an intriguing Twenty20 match in Abu Dhabi tomorrow.
Swann himself had a brief flirtation with international cricket in 1999 but only made his mark on the big stage after a decade in county cricket.
As such, the 30-year-old remains an advocate of experience.
“Adil’s got bags of talent and he’s still a young lad,” said the Nottinghamshire bowler.
“You don’t really develop as a spinner until you’ve played a lot of cricket and the more cricket Adil can get under his belt, the better he can be.
“I’ve no doubt he can be a world-class bowler one day, it’s just about getting the cricket under his belt.
“He’s still an exceptional cricketer now, he just needs to play a bit more cricket and get to know his own action that bit better.”
Tomorrow’s match is one of just five England have in the format before their first match in the 2010 World Twenty20 in the Caribbean, with only the first three of those coming before the squad is announced.