For Pakistan to trouble the much reputed English batting lineup in their own backyard, it will be essential for leg-spinner and bowling sensation Yasir Shah to strike form. In the first test at the Lord’s, Shah was simply impeccable, as his canny wrist spin demolished England’s batting lineup in the first innings. Shah had a ball in the second innings as well, as he bagged a well deserved Man of the Match award.
However, England seemed to have clearly worked a strategy to counter the leg-spinner, as the batsmen were just playing him with a straight bat. The tactic reaped dividends at Manchester as the leg-spinner was quite ineffective. Nevertheless, according to former Australian spin legend Shane Warne, Shah can still succeed in England.
Warne recalled his session with Shah before the Lord’s test. “He’s had a wonderful start to his career,” Warne said. “As I’ve said plenty of times, he’s definitely got the best leg-break that I’ve ever worked with. “I think he’s a wonderful bowler and I’ve enjoyed our little sessions together. I had another chat with him this morning on day two about a few different things.”
“Yes, we do stay in touch on Twitter, Messenger, and WhatsApp,” the spin wizard added. “We were in touch before the Lord’s match. “He’s been asking me how my bowling is going, how I was coping with the Dukes ball. “I worked first on my grip, since the Dukes ball is a little more slippery than a Kookaburra. It’s the first time I’ve played a Test match with a Dukes.”
“When we met in Sharjah during the England series he did give me advice, including about how to use the crease.”I tried to do as he said and it’s been very helpful to me, especially in English conditions,” Warne said about their previous interaction in Gulf.