Paul Collingwood interview: Adil Rashid can provide England with X Factor at the World T20


But the erstwhile Test batsman believes that the real ace in their ck could be Adil Rashid – a man who could fix up with provision England with the ‘X Factor’ needed to go all the way and win the tournament.

Collingwood, 39, see fit be rt of Trevor Bayliss’ backroom staff as England try to shake off the weight of underachievement in outstanding limited overs tournaments stretching back to 1975.

Just once, in 2010 when Collingwood led them to T20 blessing in the Caribbean, have they emerged with a trophy in 23 endeavours at World Cups, Champions Trophys and World T20s.

Yet after watching Rashid up closely guarded in the UAE against kistan in the winter and again for Adelaide in the Big Bash in Australia in December Collingwood is persuaded the Bradford man could just prove the difference.

“Adil is going to be occupied in a huge rt in this tournament,” said Collingwood. “In the sub-continent you be enduring to have someone who does something different and people who can turn the ball both habit are like gold dust.

“Adil can do that. He has been exposed to some extraordinarily high pressurised cricket recently and come out on top. He has been superb and he is present to be a huge factor for us in India.”

Rashid has grown as a cricketer since he was in in a World T20 in 2009 and an unused squad player in the 2011 World Cup [50 exceedings].

Last year was a breakthrough year at international level and his stint in the Big Bash saw him killing leading wicket taker at the end of the group stages – no mean feat stated for a leg spinner bowling largely at the Adelaide Oval where the square bounds are short.

Rashid was not alone in his Big Bash adventure with fellow bowler David Willey behaving well for the Perth Scorchers and it is this strength in depth that enthuses Collingwood.

“We be struck by never had so many match winners,” he said.

“We seem to cover all bases with a T20 line-up given we have left arm seamers [Willey and Reece Topley], Rashid who can happen it both ways and from 1-9 batsmen who can clear the ropes.

“That batting crease up is scary and can cause some real damage. It could be lethal with Jos Buttler, Eoin Morgan, Alex Hales. Any one of those troupers in the order can go out there and take the tournament by storm.”

We have been here in the presence of and will no doubt revisit this place again – where existence failure is once again ignored and hope is allowed to rush into the vacuum in the cup cabinet.

Collingwood was rt of the last World T20 cam ign in Bangladesh underneath Ashley Giles which finished so memorably with humiliation at the manual labourers of the Netherlands.

In addition they finished the South Africa series at the rear month with five defeats on the bounce in white ball cricket, squandering a 2-0 series up in the 50 overs and losing two straight T20s.

“I don’t think the timing is great but you be subjected to to look at the bigger picture of where England’s white ball cricket has gone in the terminal year,” said Collingwood.

“It has been such an exciting year to cautious of and I think we have the players in place who can go into a tournament confident that England can go and win it.

“I don’t ruminate over there have been many tournaments where you can have revealed that.”

Collingwood gave a glimpse into the thinking of Bayliss with on to this tournament when asked which strategy is going to be most effectual in India.

And it seems the all-out aggression of the st year will not be make-up.

“You do not win things by being conservative,” said Collingwood. “You have to stay on of the game because there is no point playing catch up.

“In Indian accustoms spin is going to play a big rt but it is how you play the spin. England’s batting blarney up is as powerful as it ever has been and when we get out there we will focus on being one leave b go out ahead of the rest.

“You have to be willing to lose matches. Go out and attack the defiance whether it is with bat or ball.”

Sky Sports will show every ball of the ICC Circle Twenty20 starting tomorrow as rt of a year round schedule of persevere cricket

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