Rashid: It’s going to be tough in the heat


England spinner Adil Rashid says the players have had a tough time getting used to the hot conditions in the UAE ahead of their Tests against Pakistan, but feels they'll be well prepared when the first Test starts.

The players have been covered in ice towels and large hats during training since arriving in Sharjah, and will play two warm up matches against Pakistan A to get used to long days in the soaring heat.

Rashid said on the ECB website: "It’s going to be tough work, but we've got to get used to it. We're going to bowl many overs in these conditions as well so it’s going to be tough but I'm looking forward to it.

"It’s been quite tough but we've done well. We've definitely done quite well so hopefully we can get used to it and really get going.

"I've played here a couple of times before with the England Lions as well as Yorkshire; it’s definitely different conditions to England."

He added of the decks: "It spins a bit more but you've got to adjust to the pitch, some pitches might take it when you bowl a bit slower or a bit quicker or whatever it is.

"You've got to bowl a couple of balls and see what suits that pitch but hopefully there’s some help there for the spinners."

Rashid has been in the Test squad since the start of the year, but despite touring the West Indies and being in the Ashes squad, he has yet to make his debut. He's been a regular in the ODI side though, and hopes he pushes ahead of Samit Patel as the second spinner behind Moeen Ali.

The Yorkshire spinner continued: "I feel ready, as if my game is coming along.

"We've got quite a few spinners here, so my job is to get in the team, create chances, and be that wicket taker.

"So that’s what I'm looking to do and I'm looking to be aggressive and positive."