Adil Rashid: New Zealand warm-up win a good workout for England

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Adil Rashid reflected on a job well done after helping spin England to victory in their World Twenty20 warm-up against New Zealand in Mumbai.

After an eye-catching sojourn in Australia's Big Bash League, the Yorkshire leg-spinner has been tipped as England's main threat in India, where conditions suit slow bowlers.

And England's Group One rivals will surely have taken notice of his first outing here, a four-over spell which yielded figures of three for 15 and changed the momentum of the match.

Prior to his introduction the Black Caps were racing away at more than 10-an-over, but he stemmed the flow of runs and picked off key man Kane Williamson, Luke Ronchi and Mitchell Santner.

New Zealand finished with 169 for eight, with Jason Roy (55), Alex Hales (44) and Jos Buttler (24no) seeing England to a six-wicket success.

"It was pretty important for us, we look to win every game whether it's a warm-up or not. We always want to play at 100 per cent and this was a good workout," he said.

"If you've got a spinning wicket you've still got to execute your skills and bowl your variations.

"These are different conditions that we've got to adapt to. In India you've got to adjust your lines and lengths and field placings.

"That's why we have these games, to practice that.

"But it all depends on the day and who you come up against, there's different circumstances and either way you've got to do what you do."

As well as Rashid's statement of intent, there were promising signs from Surrey opener Roy.

He struggled for runs in the recent limited-overs series against South Africa and has a top score of 29 from his eight T20 internationals.

The 25-year-old found his timing on this occasion, hitting seven fours and two clean sixes in his 36-ball stay.

"Jason is an explosive player and hopefully this innings will give him plenty of confidence heading into the tournament," said Rashid.

"Getting off to a good start in Twenty20 is crucial, and he can do that."

Head coach Trevor Bayliss will be heartened by the efforts of both men, not to mention his finisher Buttler.

England needed 42 off the last four overs, a tricky equation that Buttler made into a canter with 24 runs from just nine deliveries.

But there are question marks over Liam Plunkett, who shipped 19 from his only over and already seems vulnerable should England look to add Liam Dawson as a third spin option.

Black Caps all-rounder Santner said of England: "They've got a good, balanced side.

"Twenty20 cricket is a bit of a lottery but they play that aggressive brand of cricket and that will do them well in this tournament."

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