Shane Warne set to visit England nets after Pakistan’s Yasir Shah impresses him

Published: Thursday 29th October 2015 by The News Editor

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Shane Warne is expected to attend England’s net session in Sharjah on Friday.

The Australian great is set to visit after offering his help to England spinner Adil Rashid, Press Association Sport understands.

Rashid also waited several years for his Test debut and toiled in the first innings of the series opener in Abu Dhabi, with figures of no wicket for 163 runs, but bounced back well with five for 64 in the second innings.

He added two more wickets and a dogged 61 with the bat in the second Test in Dubai.

Warne wants to work with the 27-year-old Yorkshireman and Trevor Bayliss has indicated he would not view it as a conflict of interests despite the Australian working with their current opponents.

Warne has already had a training session with Pakistan’s Yasir Shah, labelling him “the best spinner in the world” after visiting their training ground as they prepared for the third Test against England, which starts on Sunday.

Shah, 29, has played only 11 Tests but has started superbly with 69 wickets at an average of 24.55, with four five-wicket hauls including a best of seven for 76 against Sri Lanka at Galle in June.

He took four wickets in each innings of the second Test against England and after working with him, Warne saluted a “natural talent” who he hopes will “smash” his own tally of 708 Test wickets – second in history to Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan.

He said: “I have always been a fan of Shah since the first time I saw him a while ago – probably the best leg-spinner in the world, the way the ball comes out of his hand.

“It was a fantastic opportunity to work with Yasir. He is a wonderful bowler, beautiful, so we just worked on thinking who he has been having troubles with in the England side, some tactics and plans.

“He wants a bit more drift and bounce and little things that can help. I hope by the end of the series he will be bowling beautifully with a huge smile on his face.”

Shah told Cricinfo: “I had a wish from my childhood that I could bowl with (Warne) and I was excited to have him here for me.

“You get a lot of spin with the drift and that’s the thing I asked him, as he did it very well and I can’t get the break with the drift. He talked about my quickness through my action as the shortcoming so I will work on this.”

Despite Shah’s relatively late start in Test cricket, Warne does not feel time will prove a barrier to him.

“He has got all the toys,” Warne added.

“He has got a good wrong’un (googly), he has got a good straighter one, he has got a ripping leg-break. I haven’t seen too many leg-breaks like that in all my years.

“I hope he smashes my records. I hope people just enjoy watching Yasir Shah bowl so if he goes on to take 700 wickets it will be fantastic. He has a good 10 years in him and with the amount of Test cricket you play these days, he can take some 600 wickets or maybe even more.

“Test match cricket is what all we love and spinners can excel in this format. I think it will be great if Yasir and Rashid are right up there in the rankings, that would put a big smile on my face.”

Published: Thursday 29th October 2015 by The News Editor

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