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Striker Rashid a double edged sword for home crowd

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Adil Rashid’s sublime legspin has dazzled BBL crowds but they might not be cheering when the World T20 comes around.

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Playing in his first BBL season, Rashid has delivered in spades for the Adelaide Strikers.

The England spinner’s 14 wickets have come at 6.32 runs per over, placing him among the tournament’s most deadly and efficient bowlers.

He impressed again in the Strikers’ nail-biting win over the Hobart Hurricanes last night, ripping through the defence of a hapless Jon Wells with a magnificent wrong’un to finish with 2-16 off four overs.

Rashid’s performance has left English cricket fans salivating at the prospect of him doing similar damage for the national side at the upcoming World T20.

But with the Strikers preparing to host a home semi-final in the BBL, Rashid says he’s not getting ahead of himself.

“That’s still a long way away,” he said.

“I don’t really look too far into the future or what it holds for me… at this moment in time, all I want to do is perform in the Big Bash for the Strikers and hopefully take them all the way to a trophy.”

Rashid was part of England’s World T20 squad in 2009 but struggled to make an impact, taking three wickets in four matches.

The Yorkshire product was overlooked for the next three tournaments but returned to the national T20 squad last year.

Now aged 27, Rashid looks poised to lock down his spot.

He’s already convinced Strikers captain Brad Hodge, who said his star bowler had the potential to wreak havoc on the global stage.

“He’s actually a superstar, to be honest,” Hodge said.

“He’s going to be tough work for the Aussies in the T20 World Cup. At least they get a good look at him here but he’s pretty good.”

-AAP

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