Mid-day – Adil Rashid believes England would be on the brink of whitewashing Australia 5-0 even if the world champions had been able to select their strongest one-day international side.

Summary

  • Adil Rashid believes England would be on the brink of whitewashing Australia 5-0 even if the world champions had been able to select their strongest one-day international side.
  • England head into Sunday’s series finale at Old Trafford just one win away from completing their first 5-0 clean sweep in any format against Australia in more than 140 years of matches between the arch-rivals.
  • Eoin Morgan’s men have since gone on to cement their place at number one in the ODI world rankings and leg-spinner Rashid, asked if the current series would have turned out differently against a full-strength Australia side told reporters at Old Trafford on Saturday: “No, I don’t think so.
  • Spin has proved Australia’s undoing this series, with Rashid the leading England wicket-taker with 11 dismissals and 19 together with off-spinner Moeen Ali.
  • ‘Proud’Thursday’s six-wicket win at Chester-le-Street, a result that put the hosts 4-0 up in the series, also saw Rashid become England’s most successful spinner in ODI cricket, with his tally of 106 wickets taking him above retired off-spinner Graeme Swann.


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