• Rashid backs England to chase 400-plus

    All-rounder Adil Rashid has reiterated England’s willingness to pursue large targets during the 2019 World Cup in the United Kingdom.

    England’s recent ODI series against Pakistan consistently produced totals in excess of 350 – and Tuesday’s warm-up fixture in Bristol saw the West Indies amass 421 all out against New Zealand.

    ‘There is no hesitation, or someone going, “I don’t know about this”. We all have that belief and confidence we can do it. If the openers don’t, numbers three, four, five, six will instead,’ said Rashid.

    ‘It’s the same all the way down the order, we have that belief that a few years ago we may not have had. Now we’ve got that, regardless of the score, 400 or whatever.

    ‘We have got that belief that we can chase it down and that’s a good place to be, knowing that you have world-class players all around you who can do that.’

    Rashid will likely be England’s lone spinner, if all-rounder Moeen Ali is not selected, for Thursday’s World Cup opening fixture against South Africa at The Oval. The hosts’ bowling attack, meanwhile, sports the services of seamers Jofra Archer, Chris Woakes, Liam Plunkett and others.

    ‘I’ll try my best, and if I don’t take the wickets, a seamer will do the job. Whoever it is, they can come in and get the wickets as well. I will continue to go through my processes. I’ve got to think about working hard, getting my variations in and enjoying the game,’ he added.

    ‘We’re all eager to get going now. It has been a long four years since the last World Cup, and I think we’re in a good place as a team and as a squad coming into this tournament.’

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