Consistency pleases hard-working Rashid


A confident Adil Rashid was pleased with his consistency after claiming a four-for on day four of the first Test between England and India in Rajkot.

England secured a slender first-innings lead of 49 runs as India were all out for 488, before the tourists put on another 114 without loss to hold a 163-run advantage at stumps - though a draw looks the likely outcome.

Having helped the tourists' cause with four wickets, Rashid was delighted his efforts in the nets had paid off.

"It was the most consistent I've bowled. I felt confident, and it came out of the hand nicely," he said.

"I've been working hard in the nets with [bowling consultant] Saqlain Mushtaq. He is not trying to do anything technical with me - just getting me more relaxed and focused.

"I felt quite good. It's from a lot of hard work in the nets and then executing those skills in the middle, assessing the pitch, knowing the pace at which to bowl, the lengths, the lines and the field settings. The more you play, the more comfortable you feel."

Rashid's haul included the removal of Virat Kohli on 40, the India captain knocking off a bail when the back of his heel connected with the stumps for a hit-wicket dismissal.

"I noticed it first when [wicketkeeper] Jonny Bairstow pointed to the stumps. Virat was in shock. It was a pretty good feeling. That was the first time I have got a wicket that way," added the 28-year-old.

A 114-run partnership between skipper Alastair Cook (46) and debutant Haseeb Hameed (62) helped rebuild England's lead, and the 19-year-old has made quite an impression on Rashid.

He said: "He's been very good. He's got a good head, he's a clever and solid boy, works hard in the nets and a great talent. He showed that and hopefully he can carry that on.

"He's very calm, he's a very organised cricketer as well and he's got a good sense of humour. I think he's fitted very well into the dressing room and hopefully he can carry that on for many more years to come.

"He works hard, is very clued up and to see him get the runs here is a good feeling."