Warner reaches century but Australia struggle
Yasir Shah, the Pakistan debutant who put Australia’s Test plans in a spin on Friday, says he was inspired by former spin great Shane Warne.
The 28-year-old leggie, who hails from the same province as Pakistan-born Australian spinner Fawad Ahmed, adopted the craft after watching videos of Warne at work.
“Shane Warne was my motivation, I started bowling leg breaks after watching him bowl on TV,” Shah said through a translator.
“And then a friend of mine sent me a video of Warne from London and I used to watch it every day and tried to copy his action and the way he used to bowl. Warne was a legend so he was my idol.”
Shah has a long way to go to reach Warne’s spectacular heights but his Test career is off to a promising start after he picked up the key wickets of David Warner and Steve Smith on the third day.
Warner was clearly Australia’s best batsman, making 133 of his team’s first innings total of 303. His dismissal, bowled three balls after an extended lunch break, was a hammer blow for the visitors, who begin the fourth day 189 runs behind with Pakistan on 0-38.
The loss of Smith also hurt, caught on the stroke of lunch after cutting a long hop to point.
Warne was impressed with what he saw from Shah, who claimed 3-66.
“Just switched on the Tv & watching Aus V Pak in Dubai. I like the look of this leggie Yasir Shah, plenty of energy & nice variations of pace,” the spin legend tweeted.
Just switched on the Tv & watching Aus V Pak in Dubai. I like the look of this leggie Yasir Shah, plenty of energy & nice variations of pace — Shane Warne (@ShaneWarne) October 24, 2014This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.