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Adil Rashid

'Confident about bowling at the death' – Adil Rashid

There are days when he might get smacked for sixes, but England's Adil Rashid is confident in his variations and ability to bowl at the death.

Rashid picked up four wickets in five balls in the 48th over of the fourth one-day international against the West Indies in Grenada. Coming at a point when the result in a high-scoring match could have gone either way, it helped seal a 29-run win for the visitors.

It validated his captain's faith in him and only gave wings to his team-mates' nickname for him – they reportedly call the leg-spinner the 'Hoover' for his ability to clean up the lower order.

“I’ve got my game plans and confidence knowing that if I do bowl at the death, I look at it as a chance to get three or four wickets rather than getting hit," said Rashid on Friday, 1 March, the eve of the final ODI. "If I get thrown the ball now, I’m definitely confident about it.

"There may be days when you get smashed for sixes but it’s having the confidence and belief that it only takes a miscue for you to get them out and it can start rolling from there. My mindset is definitely to try to create chances and get wickets. If there is a risk of going for six, six, six and then wicket, that’s the job I have to do.”

He credited his set of variations and the backing of his captain, Eoin Morgan, for his success.

"It comes from experience, from playing under the same captain for four years. It's him knowing your strengths, what you're capable of doing, giving you the confidence and backing in difficult situations," Rashid said.

"Even in overs before, if you've been hit, it's him throwing you the ball again and again. As a bowler it gives me the confidence, knowing my captain is 100% behind me. 

“We [the bowlers] all have that respect for Morgs. A lot of credit goes to how he handles the situation and looks after the bowlers ... Morgs in the past four years has been really good with myself and the other bowlers.”

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