Adil Rashid on taking 100th ODI wicket, the Australia series and watching the World Cup
"I had six years out of the England side after first breaking into the team but I never thought my chance had gone, I was 21 when I made my debut in 2009 so I knew there was still time."
By Adil Rashid
Last Updated: 19/06/18 2:19pm
England spinner Adil Rashid reflects on England’s winning start to the series against Australia, taking his 100th ODI wicket and the team's plans to watch the England football team’s World Cup opener…
We have made very good start to the ODI series against Australia, I thought we played exceptionally well and both the batsmen and the bowlers have done their jobs over the two games.
We still have not managed to put that together and play our complete game yet but it's two wins out of two and we will take that.
Now, going into the next game at Trent Bridge, hopefully we can put in a really good performance. It's a cliche but we do just take one game at a time and the next game is at Notts and if we win that we win the series but we are looking to win every game we play, that's the aim whatever the situation.
Jason Roy and Jos Buttler were brilliant at Cardiff, and as a bowler it's great to have players like that who can pile on the runs and we are fortunate that we have got match-winners from No 1 to 11.
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It was their game with the bat on Saturday and the next game it might be someone else's, that's how we've been working for the past two and a half or three years now, helping and enjoying each other's success. It's held us in a good stead.
I took my 100th ODI wicket in the game at Cardiff and, in all honesty, I did not really expect to get to that figure this summer but now I have I just want to carry on and keep taking wickets.
I had six years out of the England side after first breaking into the team but I never thought my chance had gone, I was 21 when I made my debut in 2009 so I knew there was still time.
Obviously, I was pleased to get the call-up all those years later and thankfully since then things have gone OK and it is going well for England in the white-ball format, hopefully we can carry that on.
It's nice to reach that personal milestone but there are bigger things out there, not least winning games for your country.
At The Oval, I bowled in tandem with Moeen Ali and it is something we really enjoy, obviously we are good friends, and again it is something that we have been doing for a couple of years now.
We understand each other's bowling so we're able to help each other out which is a big positive. We are always learning and developing and bowling together is good fun.
Bowling in the last 10 overs is something I'm working on, trying to tie down batsmen and also pick up wickets. Of course, it can go either way, but I enjoy that challenge, knowing the batsmen are going to come hard at you.
My job in the team is to create chances rather than to contain - we have got other bowlers to do that - and hopefully I can carry on doing that and take wickets to help the team.
The games are coming thick and fast so it has been good to see family when we do get a bit of time off but we've not been able to get together as a team off the field yet with it being so busy.
I'm sure that will change on Monday night for the football though. We'll find somewhere, maybe just somebody's room, to watch England's first World Cup game against Tunisia, get some food in and I'm looking forward to it!
Watch the third England v Australia ODI, at Trent Bridge, live on Sky Sports Cricket and Main Event from 1.30pm on Tuesday.
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