Yasir Shah is best leg-spin­ner since Shane Warne: Stokes

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Eng­land all-rounder Ben Stokes has hailed Pak­istan legspin­ner Yasir Shah as the best the game has seen since the days of Aus­tralian great Shane Warne.

Eng­land strug­gled against Yasir at Lord's as the 30-yearold ran riot, pick­ing up 10 for 141 and in­spir­ing Pak­istan to a 75-run win on Sun­day, ris­ing to the top of the world test bowl­ing rank­ings. "Yasir Shah, I reckon, is the best leg-spin­ner since Shane Warne," Stokes told Bri­tish me­dia to­day.

"They are a very good team but we go into the Test match know­ing how he goes about bowl­ing and we should be able to coun­ter­act that. (The con­di­tions are) another thing we will have to try and adapt to and we'll just see how it goes." Fit-again Stokes looks set to re­turn to the start­ing lineup for the sec­ond test at Old Traf­ford, start­ing on Fri­day, after un­der­go­ing a knee op­er­a­tion in May, but he said it might take time to re­gain his com­pet­i­tive edge.

"I have been play­ing as a bats­man for two weeks. It is some­thing I def­i­nitely did need, to get my­self back into match sit­u­a­tions," the 25-yearold said.

"I have been bowl­ing in the nets but you can't repli­cate (a match sit­u­a­tion) do­ing that. The only thing you can do is bowl in a game. So it was good on that point and it was a mas­sive con­fi­dence boost."

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