Stand-in captain Moeen Ali might have failed to lead his side to a victory in the final T20I but he was mighty impressed with Adil Rashid. England lost the final T20I by five wickets but clinched the series 2-1. Senior leg-spinner Adil Rashid picked up a three-wicket haul in the final match but it was not enough to help his side see the sight of a win.
Rashid also finished as the top wicket-taker in the series with six wickets from three matches. An impressed Moeen Ali said that he worked quite hard to was difficult to play in the entire series. Ali also added that Rashid has been a great bowler for England and probably the best in the world.
“You always wish he had another over or so,” he said. “I think he is quite hard to pick and play, he’s got so much skill.
“He’s an amazing bowler for us – when he’s bowling like that, I think he’s the best in the world. He’s brilliant and he has been over a long period of time and it’s the reason why he’s a leading wicket-taker in white-ball cricket.”
Australia have dethroned England with their victory in the final match to reclaim the top spot in the T20I rankings. Australia briefly conceded the top spot to England during the three-match series in Southampton, which the visiting side lost 2-1.
Australia had started the series at 278 points, 10 ahead of second-placed England, but were overtaken by their rivals after losing the first two matches. Australia and England were both on 273 points at that stage with England marginally ahead on decimal points.
England will now host Australia for a three-match ODI series, starting from September 11 at the Old Trafford in Manchester. Following that, the players from both the teams will join their respective franchises for the IPL 2020 in UAE.