Sharjah - Legendary Australian spinner
Shane Warne Thursday worked with Yasir Shah in the nets, saying he gave the
Pakistani slow bowler advice on tactics to help down England in this week's
Warne enjoyed tormenting England during his
illustrious career, taking 195 of his 708 wickets against England, 23 in his
last series at home in 2006-07.
Warne, who is here on a promotional event,
spent 90 minutes with the fast-rising Pakistan spinner who took eight wickets
in the second Test against England in Dubai which Pakistan won by 178 runs on
The first Test ended in a draw in Abu Dhabi
while the final Test starts in Sharjah from Saturday.
That performance rose Shah to number two in
Test bowlers' rankings, behind South African paceman Dale Steyn.
"He is a wonderful bowler," said
Warne of the 29-year-old Pakistan spinner.
"We didn't work on any tactical thing,
just worked on who he is having trouble with in the England side, some tactics
and plans, how he can be a little bit better as he wants a bit more drift and
Warne added: "We couldn't communicate
that well but when he was smiling afterwards I knew what he got was pretty
good. It was a nice hour or so and that was good fun.
"He is happy and he will go away and,
hopefully, in the next couple of days start ripping and getting wickets and
that will be great."
The former Australian great admitted he has
been a fan of Shah, who made his mark at international level last year.
He took 12 wickets in Pakistan's 2-0 series
win over Australia in United Arab Emirates last year before taking 24 in the
2-1 win this year.
"Look I have always been a fan of Shah
since the first time I saw him a while ago, probably he is the best leg-spinner
in the world, the way he bowls and the way the ball comes out of his
Warne hoped the final Test would be
"It will be nice to have two
leg-spinners on display," said Warne of Shah and England's Adil Rashid.
"I think it will be great if Yasir and
Rashid go right up there on the rankings and that will bring a big smile on my
face, so I hope that both do well."
Warne hoped Rashid will learn with time.
"Rashid is also a wonderful
bowler...it was tough against Pakistan's batsmen because they did wonderfully
well against the spinners, so he will learn," said Warne of Rashid, who
failed to get a wicket in the first innings of the Abu Dhabi Test but got five
in the next.
Shah said it was a dream come true for him,
bowling alongside his childhood idol, Warne.
"It was a childhood wish that I could
bowl with him, play with him and I was excited to have him here for me. I am
very happy to know the kind of feedback he gave me and that he spoke highly of
me," said Shah of the session.
"He emphasised that Test cricket is
played with patience and I don't need to rush and waste energy, I just need to
keep myself calm."