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Yasir Shah said that the six fielders placed on the leg side was also a part of the wrong decision and hindsight Getty Images

Pakistan leg-spinner Yasir Shah, who was one of the most expensive bowlers during the just concluded second of the three-Test series against hosts Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), which Pakistan lost by an innings and 18 runs, said on Monday that he had bowled at the wrong length. He added that the six fielders placed on the leg side was also a part of the wrong decision and hindsight, and was evident as the plan drew severe criticism form fans and experts. Yasir also added that he was in constant touch with legendary Australian spinner Shane Warne on how to bowl Down Under.

“I think I bowled too many full tosses and short balls. I’m working in the nets to bowl in one channel and improve my action. At the MCG because of the rain, there were no dry patches and not enough rough to work with. It was my mistake. As a bowler I take responsibility in setting my fields. In hindsight it was a wrong decision,” Yasir was quoted saying by Fox Sports. Speaking about his advise from Warne, he said, “He always tells me how to stay calm as a legspinner and be patient in taking wickets. He spoke about my pace and how I should be bowling slower [in Australia] than I bowl in the UAE, around the 83-84 mph mark.”

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“He also suggested that giving some loop will help me get more purchase in the wicket. Warne has asked me to develop my googly using the same action, he said if you change your action then there are more chances of losing control over your bowling,” he added.

Speaking on chances of spinner Mohammad Asghar’s debut for the third Test at Sydney, he said, “I think he is a very good spinner, I was impressed by his bowling at the Pakistan Super League [the domestic T20 league]. He bowled with a lot of courage and the batsmen who have played him rate him highly.”