Proteas bolter welcomes Warne comparison

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Uncapped legspinner Shaun Von Berg welcomes comparisons to spin legend Shane Warne but says that his action was not modelled on the Aussies’.

Von Berg started out his career as a seamer and used a leg break as his slower ball finding it effective in deceiving batsmen.

The Titans spinner said: “I watched him a bit when he was playing at the back end of his career but I didn’t try to copy him.

“The action I have now is natural and it is nice to hear people compare me to him.

“I actually bowled in-swingers when I was young and my slower ball was a leg spinner and guys got stumped.

“As the years went on‚ it sort of came naturally.”

Von Berg has worked extensively on his batting, recording five first class centuries, and credits former Titans coach Rob Walter and his successor Mark Boucher with encouraging him to work on his all round game.

He added: “It all started when former coach Rob Walter was at the Titans because he put me under pressure to score runs at the bottom end of the innings and I changed my mindset.

“Mark Boucher also put me under a lot of pressure to score runs and he always tells me when I am doing wrong.”