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Pakistan’s wily leg-spinner, Yasir Shah has sought the advice and help of former Australian leg spin legend Shane Warne in order to make an impact in the forthcoming Test series in England.
Shah, who will be making a comeback to international cricket after serving a three month ban for testing positive in a random dope test last November, has so far picked up 76 wickets in 12 Tests and is considered as one of Pakistan’s main hopes in England.
“I have watched his (Warne’s) videos and also had a chat with him on telephone because he has an excellent track record in English conditions,” Shah told PTI before the team’s departure for London on Saturday.
“There would be no better place to make a successful comeback to Test cricket than England and I am looking forward to the first Test at Lords,” he said.
The leg-spinner who was lucky to escape with a three month ban after pleading he took his wife’s medicines for blood pressure by mistake said he was looking forward to the coming four Test series.
“Not only the Tests I also want to cement my place in the limited over sides,” he added.
Shah said he had always been a big fan of Shane Warne and met him in the UAE and Australia when Pakistan went there for the World Cup last year.
“I know Pakistan has produced some great leg-spinners but Warne has impressed me with his excellent record in England.”
The 30-year old said he had spent hours watching videos of Warne bowling in England and also chatted with the Australian to pick up some tips.
However, the 30-year-old has left behind the bitter memory and now looks to spin a web around the English batsmen at their home.
Shah said Warne had told him the importance of varying the pace in English conditions.
“I am looking forward to meeting him again in England. And I am looking forward to bowling to the English batsmen in their own backyard it will be a big challenge but I love challenges,” he said.
Shah missed the first test last year against England in the UAE due to a back injury but came back strongly in the next two tests.
The leg-spinner who missed the boot camp in Kakul due to a knee problem said he was delighted that Test skipper Misbah-ul-Haq had shown a lot of faith in his abilities to win matches for Pakistan.