Yasir seeks Warne’s help ahead of England tour

"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. I am looking forward to meeting him in England," said Yasir Shah.

Yasir Shah, who is making a comeback after serving a three-month ban on a failed dope test, will be looking to fire in England.   -  Reuters

Pakistani leg-spinner Yasir Shah has sought Shane Warne’s help to perform well in Pakistan’s forthcoming Test series in England.

Shah will make a comeback to international cricket after serving a three month ban for failing dope test last November. He has 76 wickets in 12 Tests and is considered 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.

“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 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. I am looking forward to meeting him again 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. He said Warne had told him the importance of varying the pace in English conditions.

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.