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Key for Yasir is to challenge both edges of the bat, says Arthur
Pakistan tour of England

Key for Yasir is to challenge both edges of the bat, says Arthur

Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur on Monday said Yasir Shah has to use his googly more often to keep the opposition batsmen guessing.

Yasir was included in the squad to face England after Shadab Khan’s tests revealed a virus which would require at least four weeks of rest and treatment.

Yasir, who is the fastest-ever to 200 Test wickets, hasn’t quite been able to replicate his Test form in limited overs cricket.

So far in his 24 ODIs, he has taken 23 wickets at 47.39.

But Arthur, while addressing a press conference at Gaddafi Stadium, said Yasir still has a role to play for Pakistan in limited overs cricket despite a mediocre run.

“Yasir was the fastest to 200 wickets, albeit in Test cricket. That shows he can bowl. The last two ODIs that we played against Australia, he bowled the best he did in that series.

“The key for Yasir is to challenge both edges. If Yasir is challenging both [inside and outside] edges, he becomes a different beast.

“If he is only challenging the outside edge, players can line him up and hit him on one side of the ground. Yasir is under no illusions that he has to challenge the inside edge as well that means bowling his googly more often.

“If we get on a wicket that just grips a little bit, Yasir can still be a weapon for us.”

Pakistan head coach, however remained open in terms of the final World Cup squad as teams can make changes until May 23.

Pakistan will leave for the UK on April 23 and play three one-day matches against county sides before taking on England in the lone T20I and five-match ODI series.