Yasir Shah suffers injury scare ahead of Old Trafford Test

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Pakistan leg-spinner Yasir Shah suffered a worrying injury scare on Wednesday when he was knocked to the floor in the practice nets by one of his own bowlers, Daily Express reported.

The leg-spinner, who was instrumental in Pakistan’s Lord’s victory last week taking 10 wickets, looks key to their chances of going 2-0 up in the Investec Series.

But he was left on the ground writhing in agony for over a minute towards the end of his batting net after being struck on his left shoulder by one of the seamers.

Yasir was helped up by pacer Wahab Riaz and attended by Pakistan’s team doctor before returning to the dressing room, holding his left arm, in clear discomfort.

The team management insisted that the spinner would be fine and was not in doubt for the second Test starting on Friday. However, they will be hoping the injury does not stiffen up or further examination reveals damage to the bone.

England all-rounder Ben Stokes and fast-bowler James Anderson will return for the second Test after being given an extra week to get fully fit. And the all-rounder identified Yasir as a potential match-winner on a turning surface at Old Trafford.

“Wahab [Riaz] looked hard work the other day when he got the ball to reverse, and in Yasir, I think they have the best leg-spinner since Shane Warne,” said Stokes.

Pakistan fielding coach Steve Rixon also agreed with the England all-rounder.

“Generally speaking, Yasir [Shah] will have a major effect in any game of cricket. It doesn’t have to turn a lot for him to have an impact,” he said.

“When you have the magnificent control you are in the game, and there are very few who have had that.

“Shane Warne is one, and Yasir is rightfully sitting at the top of the tree for that reason.”

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  1. I hope Yasir Shah gain his form again, i really want him to break 120 years old record and become fastest bowler to take 100 wickets in Test Match. He should be rested so he can recover well and be able to break the record.

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