England spinner Rashid has the Warne touch, says JennerFebruary 4th, 2009 - 5:44 pm ICT by ANI
London, Feb.4 (ANI): Former Australian leg-spinner Terry Jenner believes Englands young leg spinner Adil Rashid has the makings of being another Shane Warne. The Yorkshire prodigy, 20, is gunning for his first England cap in the upcoming Tests against West Indies.
A haul of 143 wickets from 43 first-class games has caught the eye of the selectors, who have long yearned for their own match-winning wrist-spinner, and in Rashid, England have a player who has been taught by the very best.
Since engineering Warnes armoury of fizzing deliveries, Jenner has trained promising youngsters in England through funding from the Brian Johnston Memorial Trust.
The Sun quotes the 64-year old Jenner as saying that Rashid possesses the same star quality as his most famous prodigy.
You have to say Yorkshire have handled Adil Rashid brilliantly by not pushing him too soon. I was told as a 13-year-old he took all 10 wickets in an innings, and so for some people the wait for his debut has been too long. Rashid is very raw in all forms of life, and leg-spinners mature in their mid-20s, Jenner said. When I saw Warne at 21 I saw massive spin on the ball. Rashid doesnt have that as much. But then a genius like Warne comes along every 30 years and at 18 he was playing third XI club cricket. So, Rashid has progressed quicker. People are less patient nowadays though and spinners are expected to be accurate first, and spin it second. But I can see a terrific Test future for Adil provided everyone remains patient, said Jenner. Rashid himself cannot thank Jenner enough for teaching him the secret art of the leg-spinner.
The Bradford-born ace, who at just 18 took six wickets on his first class debut, believes he has been given the mental strength to go with the skills.
Rashid said: Terry has been a massive part of my development. I have coached by him since I was 14, including two trips to Australia.
To know he teaches all his students like he did Warne gives you a lot of confidence. Ive trained hard and feel ready to play for England if called upon, he said.
Jenner believes that if a debut for Rashid comes this winter, he will be ready to step up to the mark. (ANI)
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