ISLAMABAD, Oct 28 (APP): Legendary Australian leg-spinner Shane
Warne has said that he would like to train with Pakistan leg-spinner Yasir
Shah and his teammates ahead of the third Test in Sharjah against England.
The Australian great is idolised by Yasir, who climbed to No 2 in the
world rankings for Test bowlers after taking eight wickets against England
in Dubai this week.The pair met in Adelaide during the World Cup earlier this year, and
Warne said he would be happy to share more of his expertise with Yasir,
given the opportunity.
He flew in from Australia to the UAE this week to promote a golf
tournament, before heading on to the United States for the new Twenty20
competition he and Sachin Tendulkar are promoting. He is keen to get in
some overs of bowling practice ahead of that event while he is here.
England also have a leg-spinner, Adil Rashid, as part of their tour
party here in the UAE. Warne wants to see Rashid succeed, in the same way
he does Yasir, but acknowledged the idea of a training session with England
is less likely.
“If I could find some time this week, I would love to go down and
have a bowl with [Yasir], because I am trying to prepare for the Cricket All
Stars next week as well,” Warne was quoted as saying by Abu Dhabi daily,
The National on Wednesday.
“I am trying to get as much practice in as I can. I might not be that
welcome down in the England camp, so I might have to try the Pakistan
camp to have a bowl,” said Warne, who is due to fly out of the UAE on
Friday.”I might get a bit competitive in the England nets, I might try to
knock a few of them over.”
Having watched the start of the Dubai Test between Pakistan and
England, while still in Australia, Warne has some pointers he thinks Yasir
could benefit from.”I think he is a wonderful bowler,” said Warne. “From what I have
seen of this Test match, he has got all the toys, I just think he gets a little
“I think he just needs to slow down a little bit, take a breath, chill out,
and set up a batsman a little more, rather than just go ripping leg-break,
straight one, wrong `un. To me, he just needs to be a little more patient and
toil away.”Based on his own experience, Warne believes both spin bowlers will
enjoy the conditions they are presented with in Sharjah, when the final Test
starting on Sunday.
Warne took 16 wickets – at an average of 9.62 – in the two Test
matches he played at the UAE’s oldest cricket ground, when Australia beat
Pakistan in October 2002.
“Both of them have the grounding, have done their apprenticeship, but
I think they are completely different bowlers,” Warne added.
“I think Yasir is a real hustle and bustle leg-spinner. To me, he is the
best leg-spinner in international cricket at the moment. He is a wonderful
“Rashid will hopefully get better. He is not as fluent as a Yasir Shah,
but that doesn’t mean he is not as effective. He can be just as effective. If
Rashid gets his confidence up, I think he can be a real handful.”