Warne says bowling shaping up for Ashes battle

Published: Sunday, October 29, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Adelaide:Shane Warne said his bowling is coming together well ahead of next month's highly anticipated Ashes cricket Test opener with England in Brisbane.

The champion leg-spinner snared 5-103 for Victoria in a Sheffield Shield match against South Australia here Sunday and is pleased to be bowling his flipper (surprise faster ball) with greater effect.

Warne said the success of his spinning variations has been a tantalising sign that he will be in perfect bowling shape for Andrew Flintoff's English tourists at the Gabba starting on November 23.

"Couple of (flippers), they came out pretty well, a couple of wrong 'uns came out good, so I'm happy, happy with the way I'm bowling," Warne said after the third day's play at Adelaide Oval.

"The figures are always nice as a reward, but I was just happy with the way I was bowling, I was getting the ball to turn and bounce."

Before the game Warne had a tune-up session with his Adelaide-based mentor Terry Jenner, seeking to iron out the kinks that were evident when he took 1-113 against Western Australia in Perth last week.

"I had a good workout with TJ (Jenner) before the game, nice to work with him on a few things like my front leg, my follow through, my arm and all those sorts of things," said Warne, who captured 40 wickets in last year's losing Ashes series in England.

"At the moment I'm enjoying my cricket, I'm enjoying the challenges that lie ahead.

Warne said he would not be building up the Ashes into anything too overpowering, reasoning that there will be enough pressure without adding more from within.

"I think you can sometimes build things up to be too big, yes, it's a big series, but pressure is fear of failure, I'm not a big believer in pressure and all those sorts of things," he said.

"I think if you give everything you've got you'll have some good days and bad ones."


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