BRADFORD’S Adil Rashid has said the hard work is well underway in preparation for the forthcoming Ashes Series against Australia, which starts next month at Edgbaston.

Less than two weeks has passed since Rashid, 31, played a key role in England’s triumphant ICC World Cup campaign which ended in dramatic fashion at Lord’s, beating New Zealand in a Super Over on a boundary countback.

Rashid received a hero’s welcome on his return to Bradford after the match, but he is already back in training and focused on aiming to bring the Ashes home for England.

He said: “It has all calmed down now. I had the highs of the win and it was a rollercoaster ride afterwards.

“The homecoming event was something I didn’t expect, but it was a nice feeling knowing the community was behind me 100 per cent. The turnout was a shock, it was something I cannot describe.

“Hopefully I will be involved in the Ashes. At the moment I am just relaxing and training hard, and we will see what the future holds.”

Rashid was not named in the England side taking on Ireland in a one-off Test at Lord's.

The hosts were sensationally bowled out for 85 on the first day yesterday.

The first Ashes Test starts on August 1, with the third Test taking place at the home of Yorkshire – Headingley Stadium – from August 22.