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Is Adil Rashid the best player in the world?

Probably.

He’s probably even better than Freddy Flintoff and Stuart Broad…combined, probably.  On a similar note, I wonder if Stuart Broad’s reign as Premier All-Rounder™, about a week along, is the shortest in English cricketing history?  He even could beat Derek Pringle or Rikki Clarke (seriously, read this article on Rik circa-2003 and feel, throughout your body, the hilarious power of hindsight).  Perhaps Statsguru can inform The Leading Edge of the answer to this extremely important question.

But with one of the most breath-taking 31*’s ever scored, at the very un-English strike-rate of 134 that would more at home in that darn Indian Premier League thing than it would in the wonderful surrounding of the Brit Oval, and 10 wicketless overs at 4 over that only contained 4 full-tosses, Rashid has not only secured himself a plane ticket to South Africa and a 413-year central contract but the most important accolade of all: a place in English cricketing folklore.

When people reminisce about England’s ODI cricketing fortunes over the years, this will be up there with that weird tournament we won whilst Adam Hollioake was captain (don’t tell me it’s not as good as the World Cup), that magical time Collingwood scored a century and took 5 wickets in the same match (against, erm, Bangladesh), the time Jimmy Anderson bowled 10 overs for 12 with 6 maidens against Australia (now we all cheer if he goes for under 6 an over).  Next on the list will be Adil Rashid versus The Australia, circa 2009.  Will the next Freddy Flintoff please stand up?

In all seriousness though, he did play pretty well didn’t he?

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Duncan Fletcher’s Guardian B-Sides: “Where now for England?”

England should look to Mahmood, Rashid, Brsenan to conquer all

Posted by Duncan Fletcher, Wednesday 19th August

England did really well.  Well done.  Winning the Ashes is never easy.  People keep asking me if this team is as good as my team in 2005.  Indeed, I occasionally offer them an answer.  The key to England’s success was Andrew Strauss, who is a very good player.  He scored 474 runs, which really is a lot of runs. An interesting statistic is that he scored 26 more runs than Michael Clarke, who is a very good player. People keep asking me if I should have made him captain for the 2006/07 Ashes.  However, I know that I always make the right decisions, and always stick to them, mainly because they are often right.

Where now for England? How do you replace Andrew Flintoff? The trip to South Africa will be very tricky, and England need the best three-dimensional young unproven cricketers they can find.  In the last two Tests Broad was exceptional and if anything proves that my old mantra that young, rounded, 3 dimensional cricketers are a good idea, is correct. On that basis, England must get Sajid Mahmood back in the side. I know I talk about Saj a lot, but he really is one of the most intelligent, rounded and brilliant all-rounders I have ever worked with. He could fill Flintoff’s boots.

An example of his intelligent bowling was in an ODI a number of years ago. Saj used his brain brilliantly, sending down 5 of his marvellous slower balls, bamboozling the batsman into only scoring 9 runs off the over, a good economy rate for Saj. Plus of course, he has pace. Pace is the single most important thing a bowler can ever have, and Saj has plenty.

I will never forget the brilliant match-winning 22* he scored against South Africa in 2006. It is probably up there as one of the best lower order batting displays in one day cricket history, but often gets overlooked. I believe that, as a genuine all-rounder, he could be slot into the no. 7 slot, allowing Broad to bat 8, and Swann 9.

I also think that Adil Rashid and Tim Bresnan must tour.  The case for Rashid is obvious, so I will not go over it again.  Bresnan is one of those players whose both his bowling nor batting are quite Test standard, but he offers an overall three-dimensional package that can boost the middle order.

South Africa will be very tough opposition, and England must play to their best to win.  They must also field their best side, and by playing lots of all-round cricketers with multiple skills it could be done.

Duncan Fletcher is the former coach of the England cricket team, who also writes for the Guardian. This column is a selection of his articles that, sadly, were not deemed publishable quality by The Guardian.

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Mike Atherton’s Ashes webchat – Highlights

These webchat things seem to be pretty cool at the moment.  The Leading Edge never really bothers though (too busy watching rained off Pro40 games etc).  However, Michael Atherton’s latest offering caught our eye, and it’s fascinating, and pretty funny.

The first thing to say is his typing is appalling.  “that’s it, bye!! thanks for all ure questions…..” was the last sentence.  What the fuck?  Michael Atherton typing like that, all text-talk, about shatters every middle class dream and fantasy I’ve ever had.

Other than that horror, there are a number of fascinating insights…

i reckon rashid might go to south africa in place of panesar

Ignoring the appalling lack of capitalisation, this clearly shows that Rashid is sneaking ahead in the pecking order.  Seems obvious to us, and probably everybody else, but it’s always different when its confirmed like that.

Mike, Do you still play cricket? I have often wondered if retired professionals still get in a game every now and again.
Mike Atherton:  luke- off charity game, nothing more!

I always liked the idea of ex-International players going in and dominating club games.  Unsurprisingly, Pietersen  actually did do this. Another myth shattering comment from Athers.

england xi of the last 20 years: trescothick, vaughan, smith,pietersen, thorpe,stewart, flintoff, gough, Harmison, swann, anderson/caddick

This blog would go for something similar: Trescothick, Atherton, Vaughan (captain), Pietersen, Thorpe, Stewart, Flintoff, Gough, Hoggard, Fraser (so underrated!), Panesar.

athers can you talk us through how you got wasim out? from what i remember it was a bit of a contentious decision. but i prsume there was some sort of plan you were using at the time in order to get him out

Mike Atherton: he was smashing me around and i was only bowling because of our appalling over rate. i told him unless he stopped smashing me i’d bring on goughy to rough him up. he blocked the next one and was out lb

Sledging.  Athers can do it.

Is it true that Nasser Hussein is a closet Yorkshireman ?

Mike Atherton: tight as…..

“Lol”.

I am a new, novice batsman, trying to learn the ways of batting – I find it really difficult to see the quick ball – any tips?
Mike Atherton: get some glasses

I’m glad Atherton is not a coach.

I’m glad Atherton is a journalist though: he clearly is one of the best (along with…Simon Hughes, Gideon Haigh, Tim De Lisle etc.), demonstrated by his latest article.  Good times.

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