Australia cricketing legend Shane Warne has hit out at Pakistan's leg-spinner Yasir Shah over his bowling tactics against Australia in the first Test at Brisbane. The legendary leg-spinner was not impressed by Shah's bowling in the second innings accusing him of being a slow learner but did say that he is the best spin bowler in the world at the moment.
Warne, who is considered to be the greatest spin bowler in the history of the sport with 708 wickets from 145 Test matches and 293 wickets from 194 One Day Internationals (ODIs), has mentored Shah in the past and claimed that he was disappointed by the negative tactics employed.
"When you play in a new country where you haven't played and you want to learn how to bowl there, you've got to learn from the first innings. Yasir Shah bowled 40-odd overs, took a couple of wickets, bowled better than that, but he's started exactly the same way to the left handers in the second innings", said Warne in the commentary box, as quoted by Cricket Australia.
"He's got a 6-3 field on the on-side and he's bowling outside leg stump to the left-handers. I just can't believe that. I just can't believe he hasn't learnt that from the first innings. It's really disappointing because he's a smart cricketer. He's the best spin bowler in the world at the moment and he's just not learning quick enough."
Shah who along with India's R Ashwin is considered to be the best spinner at present has taken 116 wickets from 20 Test matches, did not have the best of games with the ball against the hosts picking up just three wickets for 174 runs.
The spinner though played an important role with the bat, putting put on 71 runs for the ninth wicket with Asad Shafiq which almost helped Pakistan register an unlikely win chasing 489. The visitors eventually were bowled out for 450 in the second innings, falling short by 39 runs to give the hosts a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.