Rashid joy at Windies trip
Adil Rashid is excited by his inclusion in England's Test squad and feels the experience he gained in India will stand him in good stead.
Last Updated: 29/12/08 7:40pm
Rookie Adil Rashid believes the experience he gained in India will stand him in good stead for England's forthcoming tour of the West Indies.
The 20-year-old Yorkshire leg-spinner has been included in Kevin Pietersen's squad heading to the Caribbean in February for England's four-Test tour.
Having enjoyed his most prolific season yet on the English domestic scene taking 62 County Championship wickets in 2008, he is moving ever closer to an eagerly anticipated international debut.
And despite watching England go on to lose their Test series 1-0 in India, the youngster is taking the positives out of the experience.
"I'm obviously very excited," he told Sky Sports News when asked about going to the Caribbean. "It means a lot.
"I've been working hard in the first-class arena, doing well there and now I've been rewarded with going to the West Indies.
"I picked up quite a lot talking to players like Andrew Flintoff and Pietersen in India, talking about how to cope with the pressure, and also looking at Sachin Tendulkar seeing how he chased down 400 runs to win a game.
"My main aim was to go there and get experience, go in the nets and keep doing my bowling, keep doing my batting, and everything went well.
"I've never been to the West Indies before, but I'm really looking forward to it."
See if Rashid can force his way into contention for the first Test live on Sky, when the first Test gets underway at Sabina Park, Jamaica on February 4.