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I want to score century in England as well: Yasir Shah

The leg-spinner claimed that his confidence was back

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Pakistan’s leg-spinner Yasir Shah, while talking to the media on Tuesday, revealed that he wanted to score a century in England as the Men in Green continue preparations for their historic upcoming series against the hosts.

In December 2019, Yasir got his name on the Adelaide Oval honours board for scoring a Test hundred at the ground, after his resilient 113-run knock in the first innings of the second Test against Australia.

The 34-year-old stated that he was concentrating on his bowling and batting while expressing hope of better performances in the future.

“I am hopeful for a good showing in the series against England. The weather and conditions will help Pakistan. Calling our players inexperienced is not completely true. Our young bowlers have been performing really well. Mohammad Abbas has experience playing county cricket. There are a lot of expectations from Shaheen Shah,” said Yasir. “We will get advantage because of the swing on offer in England. Googly and leg-breaks are my weapons.”

“I am concentrating on my batting as well and will try to score a hundred in England. I am consistently practicing my skills as a batsman in the nets” he added.

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The leg-spinner claimed that his confidence was back and he was ready to prove himself, supplemented with the help from spin-bowling coach Mushtaq Ahmed.

“My performance was impacted by my injury. I have worked really hard to come back. My confidence is back and I am satisfied with my bowling. Bowling Coach Mushtaq Ahmed is giving me his undivided attention. Having him back with the team has been very beneficial. Expectations increase with good performances. I will try to reach those expectations,” he said.

“Pakistan has a strong batting line-up. We are hopeful that our batsmen will do well. If the batting does well, it takes away the pressure from the bowlers,” he said while talking about the importance of batsmen putting up a good total on the board.

Yasir Shah has represented Pakistan in 39 Tests and 25 One-day Internationals (ODIs) while picking up 213 wickets and 24 wickets in each format respectively.