October 21, 2016

Yasir Shah joins Lord’s spin greats

Pakistan’s Yasir Shah. Photo: AFP

Yasir Shah took 10 wickets in a Test for the first time in his career as the leg-spinner bowled Pakistan to a 75-run win over England at Lord’s on Sunday.

The 30-year-old Shah, who earlier this year served a three-month drugs ban after saying he had taken his wife’s blood pressure medication instead of his own, now has a brilliant Test record.

In just 13 matches, he has taken 86 wickets at an average of just 23 apiece.

His second-innings haul of four for 69 gave man-of-the-match Shah an overall return for this Test of 10 for 141.

That made him the first spinner to take 10 wickets in a Lord’s Test since England’s Derek Underwood in 1974 and just the sixth in all.

Below is the select group Shah has now joined.

Spinners taking 10 wickets in a Test at Lord’s (player, country, overs, wickets, runs, opposition, year):
Johnny Briggs (ENG) 11-74 v AUS 1886
Hedley Verity (ENG) 15-104 v AUS 1934
Sonny Ramadhin (WIS) 11-152 v ENG 1950
Roy Tattersall (ENG) 12-101 v RSA 1951
Derek Underwood (ENG) 11-70 v NZL 1969
Derek Underwood (ENG) 13-71 v PAK 1974
Yasir Shah (PAK) 10-141 v ENG 2016

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