Rashid relishes Gayle battle

19 February 2019 06:38:24 EST

England leg-spinner Adil Rashid refuses to be daunted by the prospect of bowling to West Indies superstar Chris Gayle in the upcoming five-match one-day series.

Veteran left-hander Gayle, who will bow out of the international ODI arena after the World Cup in the summer, is back in the Windies fold for a series which starts in Barbados on Wednesday.

You have to believe in yourself, be confident that you can get him out.

Adil Rashid

And Rashid, who is the second highest wicket-taker in one-day international cricket since the last World Cup in 2015, is looking forward to the challenge of taking on a player capable of destroying any attack on his day.

Rashid told Sky Sports: "There are obviously some concerns, but you have to believe in yourself, be confident that you can get him out.

"It only takes one ball for him to make a mistake and get out. He's only human. We're all human, we all make mistakes. It's that kind of mindset that we need.

"If he gets hold of me, he gets hold of me. As a spinner, you've got to have a big heart and come back and get him out.

"I look to adjust what I'm bowling depending on the conditions, but first and foremost, as a spinner, you have to stick to your own strengths."

Gayle is available at 11/4 to be top team batsman for the West Indies in the first ODI, with Rashid 10/3 to be top team bowler for England.

Meanwhile, the tourists are 4/11 to win the game in Bridgetown and 3/10 to go on and claim a series victory.

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