Warne to see ~~spin doctor~~ for pre-Ashes tune-up

Published: Wednesday, October 11, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Sydney:Shane Warne is lining up for a pre-Ashes refersher with his spin bowling mentor Terry Jenner ahead of the opening cricket Test against England in Brisbane on Nov 23.

Test cricket's leading wicket-taker is expected to reunite with former Test leg-spinner Jenner for a private nets session in Adelaide later this month, when the Victorian team plays a Sheffield Shield match against South Australia, reports said Wednesday.

Warne, 37, might have taken 685 wickets in 14 years' of Test cricket, but he still relies on irregular sessions with the "spin doctor".

"He will be here in Adelaide for the (Shield) game and I would be surprised if we didn't catch up," Jenner told The Melbourne Age.

"It will be the normal, routine health and safety check we have. We did it before the Lord's Test (against England) last year, which I think was of great benefit to him.

"He doesn't like me talking about it, so I don't. It's theoretically two good mates talking things over, except we do it in the nets."

Jenner, who is coming to the end of a contract with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) to work with the country's young spinners, said if Warne could reproduce his figures from last year's Ashes series, Australia would win the series 5-0.

Warne captured 40 wickets in the five Tests of last year's series in England at 19.92 runs per wicket.

"They can attack him all they like," he said. "He would like that."

Jenner believes England's new spinning sensation Monty Panesar will struggle in the Australian conditions.

While Jenner is a big fan of Panesar, he expects him to mesmerise the crowds more than the batsmen.

He said left-arm orthodox spinners generally struggled in Australia and predicted Panesar would depend on England dragging the Tests into a fifth day.

"He's a beautiful craftsman, delightful to watch," Jenner said.

"He's very level-headed, and a revelation really for the England spinners.

"But unless we provide (favourable) conditions for him, it's going to be a hard slog for him.

"Generally, the pitches are extremely hard, and the leg-spinner, who by means of release gets a lot of additional bounce, is more successful than the off-spinner who doesn't gain the same amount of bounce.

"If Panesar gets a crack on a fifth day, he will be very dangerous, but it's getting to the fifth day that's the key. You've got to get that far into the match."

Panesar, who has become a cult figure in England and taken 32 wickets in his first 10 Tests, is vying with Ashley Giles for the spinner's spot in the team.


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