Rashid rise is huge for Morgan

06 March 2019 08:54:53 EST

England captain Eoin Morgan is pleased to see leg-spinner Adil Rashid having emerged as a truly world-class performer in limited-overs cricket in recent times.

The 31-year-old Yorkshireman has become a key figure in the England limited-overs set-up in the last few years, taking 106 wickets in 63 one-day internationals since the start of 2016.

He really is a huge asset for us to be able to fall back on and (also) look at as a wicket-taker.

Eoin Morgan

He has also improved markedly in T20 cricket, with his economy rate in his last ten matches a very impressive 6.525 runs an over conceded.

On Tuesday his four overs in the four-wicket win over the West Indies cost a mere 15 runs, a spell which included no fewer than 13 dot balls.

And Morgan is delighted to have such a potent and now reliable weapon among his bowling options.

He said after the first T20 victory in St Lucia: "He's proven over the last three or four years that he has the ability to come on at any stage of a 50-over game or a T20 game, and threaten both sides of the bat, which makes it difficult.

"His variations are getting better, he's become more confident at bowling them and he really is a huge asset for us to be able to fall back on and (also) look at as a wicket-taker."

Having won the opening match of three, the tourists will hope to wrap up a series victory by winning the second T20 international in St Kitts on Friday.

England are 11/10 to win that match, with Rashid 11/4 to be top team bowler, while seamer Chris Jordan can be backed at 10/3.

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