England call up Rashid in place of Yardy

Updated: 24 March 2011 19:48 IST

England called up Adil Rashid into their World Cup squad ahead of their quarter final against Sri Lanka after left-arm spinner Michael Yardy withdrew with depression on Thursday.

England call up Rashid in place of Yardy
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Colombo:

England called up Adil Rashid into their World Cup squad ahead of their quarter final against Sri Lanka after left-arm spinner Michael Yardy withdrew with depression on Thursday.

Leg-spinner Rashid will arrive in Colombo on Saturday -- the same day as England face Sri Lanka -- and so faces a possibly needless journey from the West Indies where he is playing for the England Lions.

"We have been closely monitoring Adil's progress over the winter," said national selector Geoff Miller.

"He will have benefited from being part of the Lions tour in the Caribbean and his recent experience in Australia where he played a key role in helping the Redbacks (South Australia) win the Big Bash T20 competition."

The 23-year-old Rashid has taken three wickets in five one-day internationals and last played at this level against South Africa at Centurion in November 2009.

Topics : England Australia West Indies Michael Yardy ICC World Cup, 2011 Adil Rashid Yorkshire Cricket
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