Rashid tips Gale for the top

Leg-spinner heaps praise on Tykes skipper

By Joe Drabble.   Last Updated: 22/05/10 11:41am

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Rashid: Gale praise

Rashid: Gale praise

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Yorkshire leg-spinner Adil Rashid believes captain and team-mate Andrew Gale is destined for Test honours with England.

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"The way he (Gale) goes about his cricket I'm sure one day he will play for England."
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The Tykes skipper is already on the national selectors' radar and impressed with a half-century for the England Lions in the recently-concluded tour match against Bangladesh.

The left-hander, who captained the England second string on their winter trip to the United Arab Emirates, scored 74 in the comfortable nine-wicket triumph at Derby.

Gale's performances for both Yorkshire and the Lions have drawn rave reviews from many quarters, and promising leg-spinner Rashid believes his Tykes team-mate is destined for the top.

Flying start

Asked whether he believes the 26-year-old has what it takes to break into the England top six, Rashid told skysports.com: "Yes definitely. He has definitely got what it takes, he has proven that over the years for Yorkshire and now for the England Lions.

"The way he goes about his cricket I'm sure one day he will play for England."

Gale was named Yorkshire captain in the winter following Anthony McGrath's decision to step down from the post in order to concentrate on his batting.

Despite being priced among the favourites for relegation from Division One of the LV=County Championship, Yorkshire currently sit second in the table with wins over Warwickshire, Somerset and Essex to their name.

And Rashid, 22, has put the flying start down to the appointment of Gale as skipper.

"It's been different and he's a great role model for us," he said. "His attitude and the way he captains is very positive and he has a great influence on the rest of the team.

"All the lads respect him, he's done really well so far and long may it continue."

Great

As for Rashid's own aspirations, he insists he will take it "a game at a time" as he hopes to force his way back into the England reckoning.

The Bradford-born leg-spinner has fallen out of favour with the England selectors in recent times, however with time on his side, he remains hopeful of claiming future honours.

"Being a part of England is a great experience and a dream come true. Just to be around the dressing room and the experienced players is great," he added.

"I'm not doing too bad this season, a bit up and down, but as the season goes on and the weather gets better I'm sure I can pick more wickets up.

"I've got to take it a game at a time and a step at a time and do well in all competitions."

Adil Rashid was speaking to skysports.com at the launch of the Yorkshire Cricket Mela, a series of events to celebrate cricket, culture, community and commerce in the region. The Yorkshire Cricket Mela will take place between 10th - 25th July 2010 in the build up to and during this summer's historic 2nd MCC Spirit of Cricket Test Match between Pakistan and Australia at the Headingley Carnegie Cricket Ground (21st - 25th July 2010). For more information, log on to: www.theyorkshirecricketmela.com.

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