Rashid rewarded for loyalty

07 December 2017 04:31:04 GMTPlus11

Adil Rashid has been awarded a benefit year for 2018 by Yorkshire after more than 13 years on the playing staff at Headingley.

The 29-year-old has established himself as a regular in England's one-day and Twenty20 teams as well as playing Test cricket in Asian conditions.

"I've had a brilliant time at the club for the past 13 years and hopefully that will continue. But a huge thank-you must go to Yorkshire for awarding me this," Rashid said.

"It started off at a young age, we played age groups in the 13s, 14s and 15s and you just work your way up. If you turn in good performances you get your reward. From there, I never thought it would come to this. I've played for 13 years, it's been a bit of a rollercoaster ride and hopefully it can continue."

Although he took six wickets with his leg-spin on debut the Bradford-born player was primarily a batsman - a fact emphasised by his ten first-class hundreds.

"I remember in 2004 and trying to find my game, which can be quite tough as a leg-spinner, but you've got to discover your action," Rashid recalls.

"I've definitely experienced the ups and downs, not all just ups. When you do have those tough times you've just got to find a way of things working again.

"I'm very much looking forward to 2018 and contributing to some big wins for the club. We didn't perform to our potential last year in the County Championship but hopefully this year it will come good and we'll win it. It will undoubtedly take a lot of work and a huge team effort, but that's something I'm really looking forward to."

Meanwhile, England are 1.33 to win no matches in the Ashes series and 3.50 to triumph in one Test.

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