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Graeme Swann talks up Adil Rashid's importance

Adil Rashid's ability to spin the ball both ways makes him one of England's leading players at the ICC World Twenty20, according to Graeme Swann.

Graeme Swann has claimed that Adil Rashid will be "England's most lethal weapon" at the ICC World Twenty20.

The Yorkshire leg-spinner has shown good form in the warm-up matches, having taken 3-15 against New Zealand and then 2-33 while representing a Mumbai XI versus his England teammates.

The pitches in India traditionally turn both ways and with that in mind, former spinner Swann has backed Rashid to take on an important role.

"Spin is king in India and the Yorkshire wrist-spinner's ability to turn the ball both ways will be England's most lethal weapon," Swann wrote in The Sun.

"His skill at bowling both leg-spinners and googlies with little discernible change in action causes batsmen all sorts of problems. They are charging down the pitch not certain which way the ball will turn."

England begin their campaign against the West Indies in Mumbai this afternoon.

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Adil Rashid of England reacts after being hit to the boundary during day two of the 1st Test between Pakistan and England at Zayed Cricket Stadium on October 14, 2015 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
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