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‘Pills and stretches’ to help Rashid play through shoulder issue

Rashid has been suffering from muscle impingement in recent weeks.

Adil Rashid will carefully manage a shoulder issue during the World Cup (Mike Egerton/PA)
Adil Rashid will carefully manage a shoulder issue during the World Cup (Mike Egerton/PA)

England spinner Adil Rashid is hoping to nurse his shoulder through the World Cup with the help of “a few pills and a few stretches”.

Rashid has been managing muscle impingement in his right shoulder in recent weeks, an issue which helped persuade selectors to bring slow left-armer Liam Dawson into the 15-man squad as spin cover.

The Yorkshireman admits his bowling can be affected when the pain strikes but is confident that he will be able to perform to the best of his ability during the six-week tournament, which starts against South Africa on Thursday.

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Adil Rashid is playing through a shoulder issue (New Balance/PA)

“Hopefully I’m fully fit, or verging on fully fit, and coming into the game I’ll be ready to go,” he said.

“I’ve had a bit of wear and tear over the years, which can happen. It does affect me if I’ve got that impingement or pain, the rotation can be a bit difficult and you may not get the revs you want.

“The drift, the dip, the googly is a bit harder to come by. But it’s just about managing it, getting the right treatment from the physio and getting rehab. I’m sure I’ll get through with a few pills and a few stretches. I’m ready to go for the whole tournament.”

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England begin their World Cup campaign against South Africa on Thursday (Adam Davy/PA)

Rashid will come up against fellow leg-spinner Imran Tahir at the Oval, with both men likely to play a major role for their team in the coming weeks.

“He’s a world-class bowler and he’s proved that over the last 10 years. He’s got variations and a bit of character too, which is positive,” said Rashid.

“I’ve gone for dinner with him a few times, I’ve told him a few things and he’s told me a few things. It’s good helping each other out and maybe it will be his day against us or maybe it will be my day.”

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