Graeme Swann: I hated death bowling but Adil Rashid should not let Australia defeat change his role

England cricketer Adil Rashid
Adil Rashid has become a stalwart of England's world-beating ODI side

England's cricketing summer is over, beaten by Australia in their first ODI series defeat at home for five years but Graeme Swann still thinks it has been a successful year...

"Eoin Morgan won’t change his mind about Rashid because as a captain you live and die by your decisions."

I used to avoid bowling at the death like the plague because I didn't have a great variety of deliveries I could bowl. I essentially had two deliveries - the one that spun and one that went straight on. I didn't have one that went the other way or anything like that. So I didn't want to bowl at the death as it didn't suit my bowling and I didn't see it as my role.

It's so important to have a role as a sportsman and I saw mine as being one of the best bowlers in the world in the middle overs - but Adil Rashid has bowled at the death a lot of times, and done it really, really well.

Rashid will retain Morgan's confidence in him as a death bowler

Eoin Morgan has always backed him to do it and as a spin bowler, having the backing of your captain and knowing he believes you can get the team out of trouble is huge. I've got no qualms with him doing that job. In T20 cricket he often has the bowl in his hands later in the game too when spinners traditionally don't bowl.

It didn't work in the last ODI but you have to say that the way Glenn Maxwell and Alex Carey batted just to get them into a position where they could win was unbelievable. Sometimes you've got to acknowledge that they deserved to win. Morgan won't change his mind about Rashid as a death option because every decision as a captain you live and die by, and no one in this country has ever had the success that he has had as a one day skipper. No team has ever had a 100 per cent record and they've played some incredible cricket this summer. It just didn't quite finish they way they wanted it to.

England might not have won the series but cricket this summer was a winner

I don't think England did a great deal wrong although maybe they didn't go for the jugular quite as hard as they could have when they were 60-odd for five.

It's a good Australia side - I don't think it's a very good Australia side - but it also wasn't a full-strength England side. Ben Stokes is the best cricketer in the world and they were missing him. So I don't think the series defeat is too much to worry about. Australia have done well to come over and win.

In a shortened summer, not everyone has hit form. We haven't seen anything from Jason Roy and we know how devastating he can be, Jos Buttler's not had anything like a series, both of which are disappointing but that happens.

It was a one-day series chucked in to give the public a little bit more cricket at the end of the summer and it's been a tremendous success in that sense - even if England didn't get over the line at the end.

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