Rashid eyes all-rounder role
Leg-spinner hoping to prove his worth with the bat
By Joe Drabble. Last Updated: 20/01/09 4:35pm
Rashid: All-round talent
Yorkshire star Adil Rashid insists he has the talent to develop into a genuine England all-rounder.
"I definitely see myself as a genuine all-rounder."
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The 20-year-old leg-spinner departs to the West Indies on Tuesday for his first full senior tour having been called up on the back of a fine season with the ball for his county.
Rashid claimed 65 first-class wickets at an average of 31.83 to help Yorkshire avoid relegation from Division One of the County Championship on the final day of the 2008 season.
As well as his undisputed threat with the ball, Rashid also insists there is more than one string to his bow as he eyes an opportunity to impress with the bat on the upcoming tour of the Caribbean.
"I definitely see myself as a genuine all-rounder," Rashid told the Yorkshire Post.
"I feel that even when I bat lower down for Yorkshire I take plenty of responsibility on my shoulders.
"In the last couple of seasons I've scored quite a few fifties, I've scored a couple of hundreds, and it always helps to do well with the bat.
"It's important to get your first first-class hundred, or even Test hundred, because once you've got that in the bank, you feel more relaxed and you know you can do it."
Rashid joins the England squad less than two weeks after the sensational departures of Kevin Pietersen as captain and Peter Moores as head coach.
However, after spending time with the Test squad on the recent tour of India as cover just prior to Christmas, Rashid believes newly-appointed skipper Andrew Strauss will be able to fill the void left by the 'world class' Pietersen.
"Before India I didn't know Kevin and Andrew very well, but I spent two weeks with them, speaking to them, eating dinner with them, working in the nets, and it was good to see how they worked," said Rashid.
"Kevin is a very confident person, a very proud person, which is good for his cricket.
"He is a world-class player - one of the best in the world - and that is because of his attitude and determination to do well.
"Andrew Strauss has got all it takes to be a successful captain and we had a team meeting the other day in which he talked to us a lot about captaincy. It was good stuff, and I'm really looking forward to working under him."
Bradford-born Rashid travels to the West Indies as the third choice spinning option behind Monty Panesar and Graeme Swann.
And former England captain and Michael Vaughan has been quick to urge supporters not to expect too much too soon from Yorkshire team-mate Rashid.
"He will need time to develop and, whatever happens during the next few weeks, this tour is sure to be an unbelievable experience for him," said Vaughan.
"Whether he plays, I don't know. At this stage you'd probably say he might not get a game.
"But I think that just by being in and around the Test arena, in and around that group of players, working with the coaches, just getting a sense of what Test cricket is about, 12th-manning, maybe fielding, I think it can only hold him in good stead for the future.
"Looking a little further down the line, whether this summer's Ashes series will come a bit too soon, only time will tell.
"But he's got all the attributes and will obviously play for England eventually; it's just a question of when."