Adil Rashid insists England are usually not frightened by their shock defeat to Afghanistan and nonetheless imagine they will breathe life again into their ailing Cricket World Cup marketing campaign.
The reigning world champions have suffered two heavy losses of their first three matches in India, hammered by New Zealand on the opening evening in Ahmedabad earlier than struggling a serious upset in Delhi on Sunday, where underdogs Afghanistan coasted home by 69 runs.
The elongated group stage means all just isn’t but misplaced however England’s margin for error over the following six video games is wafer thin and, with in-form South Africa up subsequent, stay on Sky Sports activities on Saturday, and favourites India nonetheless to return, issues are unlikely to get simpler.
The precarious nature of their place will certainly be inflicting alarm behind the scenes however Rashid, considered one of eight survivors from the 2019 squad who lifted the trophy regardless of shedding three of their 9 group video games, did his finest to current a relaxed public face.
“It is a part of cricket: you win some, you lose some and you’ll’t win each sport,” Rashid stated.
“It is half and parcel of the sport. We’re not too involved, it is only a sport that we have misplaced. We all know we have powerful competitors developing, however I am assured we will play very well as a unit shifting ahead.
“Hopefully we will put in some good performances and kickstart the competitors. We all know we have nonetheless received six video games, hopefully we will win and get some good momentum going ahead. I am fairly assured within the squad, within the staff. I am certain we’ll bounce again sturdy.”
England followers can be forgiven for hoping stronger phrases than these are being shared privately, with points to deal with by way of staff choice, sport administration and mindset.
There isn’t any scarcity of time to ask powerful questions both. England arrived in Mumbai on Monday and don’t get an opportunity to work out their frustrations in opposition to South Africa for six days, with the Proteas flying in from the hills of Dharamshala after their conflict with the Netherlands.
As such, the squad has been given the following two days off moderately than being pressured to pay for his or her struggles with further internet periods and a few households are as a result of be a part of the tour.
Head coach Matthew Mott, who has but to talk publicly on the journey, is predicted to deal with the media on Tuesday.
Rashid was within the minority of England gamers to carry out shut to plain within the Afghanistan defeat, taking 3-42 together with his leg-breaks, however he accepted the staff’s collective efforts have been missing.
The 35-year-old even echoed issues that the attacking, proactive method that when marked his aspect out as trailblazers was not in proof.
“Hopefully we will simply park it behind us and play the way in which we all know how, with the ball, with the bat…that actual Positive mindset and actual aggressive cricket,” Rashid stated.
“Clearly we fell brief with the bat and ball [against Afghanistan]. I do not assume we have been aggressive sufficient or took the Positive choices.
“That is cricket, that occurs, it isn’t each time you are going to exit and smash sixes and fours – you’ve got to evaluate the wicket and the pitch. It is the identical with the ball.
“You’ll have video games the place gamers are off form however I do imagine we have the squad, we have the staff and we have the mentality to nonetheless be hungry. We wish to go so far as we will, however we have to take it one step at a time, one sport at a time, and see the place it takes us.”
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