Rashid gaining from experience

England v West Indies

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Adil Rashid is enjoying the opportunity he has been given to tour with the senior England side this winter, but admits he does not expect to feature in the Test series against West Indies.

The experience he is gaining from being around players like Andrew Flintoff and Monty Panesar has been enough to enhance his cricketing education and give him a taste of what playing for England means.

“It would be nice to get a game, but if I don’t, I don’t think it would be too big a deal,” he told ECBtv.

“It’s been nice to be here for the experience and just being around the lads.”

One of the people who has been most influential in the few days England have been in the Caribbean is spin coach Mushtaq Ahmed.

Rashid admitted that he has already learnt a lot from his fellow leg-spinner.

“I am definitely enjoying the process,” he said. “He has been around for about 20 years so it is great to get the knowledge from him. I am learning quite a bit.

“He is working on the mental side of the game and also on the technical side of the game. He has obviously helped me quite a bit.

Mushtaq Ahmed & Adil Rashid

Mushtaq Ahmed has been helping Rashid to adapt to the situation when he is not bowling effectively

“I’ve learnt when I am not bowling well, how to cope in that situation and how to adapt. So, if that comes, I know what to do.”

It is not only his bowling which Rashid is looking to improve, with his batting ability also a strong reason for his selection.

“For Yorkshire I am a genuine all-rounder,” he confirmed. “So hopefully I am very similar for England.

“Obviously you need to practise your batting. I was batting just now against Monty and Fred (Flintoff), and it went quite well.”

However, Rashid is keen not to let his rapid rise through the ranks take away from the job he has to do, both for his country and for his county.

“I just like to take it a step at a time and just see how it goes,” he admitted. “I don’t like to think too far ahead of myself. I just like to stay in a box.”

He also said he had seen no signs of a rift in the dressing room or any fall-out after the resignation of Kevin Pietersen as captain.

“I think Straussy is doing a great job with the England team,” he said. “Everything is normal, like it was in India.

“Everyone is getting on nicely. They are always having a laugh. I think it’s a good dressing room.

“It’s a pretty small island, but I think the lads are enjoying it. We are enjoying our cricket and we are enjoying our time off.”

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