Collingwood tips Rashid to take World T20 'by storm'


Paul Collingwood says Adil Rashid can take the World Twenty20 "by storm" and also believes Alex Hales may prosper for England at the tournament in India.

Leg-spinner Rashid made his T20 international debut in 2009, but did not become a regular for England until last year.

Since June he has played in all three formats, grabbing headlines with a five-wicket haul in the first Test against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi in October, when ended in a draw.

The 28-year-old has only taken more than one wicket once in a T20I, claiming nine scalps from 12 matches at an average of 31.77, with a strike rate of 24.6. He took one wicket in each of the two short-form defeats England suffered in South Africa this month.

And while Rashid appears to still be adjusting to the elite level, Collingwood - who captained England to World T20 success in 2010 - believes the Yorkshire player could prove to be a revelation on the subcontinent. 

"With Adil Rashid, having a bowler who can turn it both ways is like gold dust and in Indian conditions spin is going to play a big part," he told Sky Sports.

"He has the experience now that he can go out there and take the tournament by storm."

Hales, meanwhile, prospered as an opener during the one-day international series in South Africa, making at least 50 in each of his first four innings, before plundering 112 in the final match in Cape Town, that form offering at least one positive for the tourists as they gave up a 2-0 advantage to lose the contest 3-2.

The 27-year-old was less successful in the T20Is that followed, making 27 and 16, but that has not stopped Durham veteran Collingwood from backing the right-hander to shine.

He said: "The best place to bat in India is at the top so Alex Hales could have a good tournament. He's done well in similar conditions in Bangladesh."

Collingwood is due to work as a coaching consultant at the World T20, with England's first match of Group 1 against West Indies in Mumbai on March 16. South Africa and holders Sri Lanka are the other teams in the pool.