Arthur lashes England over

SOUTH AFRICA coach Mickey Arthur has opened the floodgates for a war of words with England after hitting out at their &ldquo;criminal&rdquo; treatment of spinner Adil Rashid.<br /><br />The Yorkshire leg-spinner bowled just one over in England&rsquo;s crushing 84-run Pro20 defeat in Pretoria onSunday, going for 25 runs before stand-in captain Alastair Cook turned to part-timers Joe Denly and Kevin Pietersen to fill the quota of overs.<br /><br />But Arthur clearly took offence and hit out at Cook&rsquo;s decision, insisting England showed a lack of faith in the 21-year-old. &ldquo;They&rsquo;ve put a lot of effort into Adil Rashid but for him to bowl one over today I thought was criminal and it showed that he doesn&rsquo;t have too much backing, and that was interesting,&rdquo; he said.<br /><br />&ldquo;When you see Adil bowl one over and then they use Denly and KP to bowl one and two respectively then you&rsquo;ve got to question the backing for Adil within the team and that surprised us hugely. Maybe I&rsquo;m getting in their minds a little bit, but I have to ask is Adil going to be used in the one-day series because if he only bowled one over today I wonder how much faith they&rsquo;ve got in him. We&rsquo;ll see that down the line.&rdquo;<br /><br />Rashid, however, is expected to be handed another chance to impress today when England take on South Africa A in a 50-over tour match.<br /><br />It may only be a fortnight into the tour, but coach Andy Flower already has several injury concerns with pace bowler James Anderson the latest victim with a knee injury.<br /><br />Anderson sits out today&rsquo;s encounter in Potchefstroom, joining fellow seamer Stuart Broad (shoulder), all-rounder Paul Collingwood (back) and spinner Graeme Swann (intercostal muscle) on the sidelines.<br /><br />Flower confirmed: &ldquo;We&rsquo;ve had it quite a lot, being such an early part of a tour. We reckon they aren&rsquo;t going to be medium-term injuries. We&rsquo;re hopeful they&rsquo;ll clear up by Friday.&rdquo;<br />