Shah: Natural variation got me a five-fer


While all eyes were on the likes of Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir on day two of the first Test at Lord's, spinner Yasir Shah kept it simple to remove five England wickets.

Yasir was the star of the afternoon for Pakistan as they reduced England to 253 for seven at stumps. While Amir took one wicket, Yasir was the destroyer by bagging England numbers three to seven.

The veteran spinner said he didn't try to do anything fancy, didn't try to battle the deck, but rather kept his line consistent and let the ball do the rest.

He said after the day's play: "We were focusing on what the fast bowlers would do. But luckily, I got the five wickets – and I'm glad for the team.

"My role, from the coaches, was very clear – to give support to the fast bowlers. I was concentrating on repeating my action again and again – and my natural variation helped me get the five wickets."

Three of Yasir's wickets were LBWs, one was bowled, while only one was caught, when Joe Root was out for 48 with a catch to Mohammad Hafeez.

Pakistan had been bowled out for 339 earlier in the day, but that was thanks to the pace of Chris Woakes, who bagged six wickets in the innings.