Rashid using ‘pills and stretches’ to manage shoulder pain

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Adil Rashid is ‘hoping to be fully fit’ thanks to a combination of ‘pills and stretches’ ahead of England’s World Cup campaign.

The leg-spinner has struggled with muscle problems in the last few weeks, which in turn saw Liam Dawson make the 15-man squad as cover.

England’s tournament starts against South Africa on Thursday, and while Rashid has admitted he sometimes bowls through pain he is hoping to be at maximum effectiveness.

“Hopefully I’m fully fit, or verging on fully fit, and coming into the game I’ll be ready to go,” he said.


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“I’ve had a bit of wear and tear over the years, which can happen. It does affect me if I’ve got that impingement or pain, the rotation can be a bit difficult and you may not get the revs you want.

“The drift, the dip, the googly is a bit harder to come by. But it’s just about managing it, getting the right treatment from the physio and getting rehab. I’m sure I’ll get through with a few pills and a few stretches. I’m ready to go for the whole tournament.”

Rashid also spoke about fellow wrist-spinner Imran Tahir who he will face off against at the Oval.

“He’s a world-class bowler and he’s proved that over the last 10 years. He’s got variations and a bit of character too, which is positive,” said Rashid.

“I’ve gone for dinner with him a few times, I’ve told him a few things and he’s told me a few things. It’s good helping each other out and maybe it will be his day against us or maybe it will be my day.”