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Adil Rashid says sheer pace in England's attack can work in his favour
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Adil Rashid says sheer pace in England's attack can work in his favour

Adil Rashid believes the presence of sheer pace in England’s bowling can help him take more wickets during the World Cup.

England played an extra paceman as the tournament favourites got their World Cup campaign back on track with a 106-run win over Bangladesh in Cardiff on Saturday.

Rashid acknowledged the benefits of playing in an attack consisting of Jofra Archer, Mark Wood and Liam Plunkett, who are all capable of bowling in excess of 90 mph.

"It is nice having that pace in the side to try to rough up teams, then me coming on and batsmen trying to come after me," said Rashid.

"I can try to take wickets that way," added Rashid, who had a slight problem with his shoulder.

"Batsmen can think they have to target the spinner so it could work in my favour and you might get a five-for one day."

Meanwhile, Jonny Bairstow also acknowledged the benefits of sheer pace in England’s current bowling line-up.

"It was good to be standing a long way back," said Test gloveman Bairstow, who had to keep wickets following hip injury to Jos Buttler against Bangladesh.

"It's great to have that theatre in the game," Bairstow added. "You've got three guys who touched 90 mph in our bowling attack and then Chris Woakes touched 87.

"It's a good place to be when all the lads are firing."