The Sport360 team is in place bringing you the latest cricket news on Wednesday.
There is plenty of action to look forward to Pakistan aiming to claim the seven wickets to win the first Test against Pakistan.
15:20 – Virat Kohli praises Prithvi Shaw
The Indian captain had nothing but praise for Prithvi Shaw but warned not to place too much pressure on the youngster. Read more on this story here.
11:15am – Shane Warne wants Jos Buttler to replace Joe Root as Test captain
The Australian legend claims it would be best if Jos Buttler replaces Joe Root as England’s Test skipper, saying it would allow the latter to focus on his batting and try and become one of the world’s best batsmen. Read more on that story here.
10:10am – Pakistan require seven wickets for victory
It’s the fifth day of the Test match between Pakistan and Australia and it’s all to play for with the ‘hosts’ needing seven wickets to win in Dubai. Follow ball-by-ball action here.
Australia spin great Warne thinks the Yorkshire star could dominate the global game with the bat and feels Buttler would make a “very, very good” Test captain.
Warne worked with Buttler in his role as mentor for IPL outfit Rajasthan Royals, and is convinced the Lancashire keeper has credible Test leadership skills.
“I’ve worked with Jos a bit this year, and I think he’s someone who would make an excellent captain,” said Warne of Buttler.
“I really enjoyed working with him, I’d like to think I helped him out a little bit.
“I really enjoyed his company, and talking the game of cricket with him. He would be a very, very good England captain.
“I think Joe Root is England’s best player. But he’ll be disappointed with his conversion rate when it comes to hundreds.
“He’d love to have more hundreds to be able to be spoken about in the same sentences as Virat Kohli and Steve Smith.
“I like Joe Root, he has a good manner about himself. He’s a gentleman.
“Maybe England could think about their best player having the shackles off, not having the responsibility of captaincy, and give it to someone like Jos Buttler.
“Jos could play with his freedom and captain the side, and Joe could just concentrate on his cricket.
“If he totally 100 per cent concentrates on his cricket, his batting and nothing else, then maybe we might see Joe Root become the best batsman in the world. He’s got the talent to do it.”
Warne is busy promoting his autobiography ‘No Spin’, where he charts his 708-wicket Test career in typically candid fashion.
The 49-year-old believes Australia have lost the “fear factor” ever since England won the 2005 Ashes.
But Warne also thinks next summer’s Ashes series in England could be very delicately balanced.
“I think they need to earn the respect back,” said Warne, of Smith and Warner.
“I don’t understand how it gets to that stage where you decide to take sandpaper into the dressing room and then use it on the ball.
“It’s going to be tough for them at first.
“Forgiveness takes time, but there’s nothing like making a couple of hundreds in a row and people thinking, ‘Oh, we’ve missed this guy’.
“They have to be aware that they’re in for a bit of a hostile time around the world until they’ve earned the respect back.
“By the time Smith and Warner are ready, Australia will be pleading to have them back, they are two of the top five best batsmen in the world. Australia desperately need them.
“I think Australia will give England a real run for their money next year.
“I don’t think England have feared Australia since they won the series in 2005, which they deserved to as the better side. Since then England realised Australia can be beaten.
“Australia haven’t really got too many X-factor players. But I don’t think Australia really fear England too much now either, aside from Jimmy Anderson bowling with the Dukes ball.”
The UAE international has been in fine form, scoring his first hundred for the senior side against Singapore earlier this year. In an exclusive interview with Sport360 he talks about how working hard in the gym has paid off on the pitch.
I’m in the gym three or four times a week, putting in half an hour of HIIT work. As a contracted player I also train three times a week doing a circuit with some bowling and batting every couple of days. I was a fat kid growing up and actually failed a fitness test when I was 14, during a UAE trial, so that’s when I really began to take fitness a bit more seriously.
When I work out the idea is to get my heart rate racing, so I do a lot of high intensity stuff and I’m a firm believer of using body weight instead of free weights in the gym. So my first exercise will be on the treadmill; I do ten sets of sprints for 20 seconds on and 10 seconds off, so I jump on and off and go at high speed and I do that ten times. I’ll then do four sets of 30 seconds on and 30 seconds off on the rowing machine with the goal of reaching 600 metres in total. After that I’ll have a quick rest and drink a can of Red Bull to stay energised.
I’ll then move on to fifteen minutes on the bike at a decent pace because that gives strength to my legs, which is important as a cricketer. I do it at 100RPM because cricket it all about short sprints, we’re not running marathons, we need to build explosiveness in our legs. When you’re playing cricket we usually only do like 20 metre sprints so you don’t need to be running long distances in the gym, just short bursts.
When I’m done with that I’ll do 10 pull-ups, 15 push-ups and a one-minute plank, and repeat three times. What that does is strengthens the core, helping your balance and stability. You can’t be stable at the crease; you can’t hit a six or bowl the ball effectively if you’ve not got a strong core.
Squats and leg presses I also do to build the legs and also bench presses for a bit of upper body strength. I used to go to the gym and just do curls to get bigger arms, but really that was just to look good. Legs are more important as that’s where the bulk of your strength comes from. If you see all the top international cricketers in the world you’ll see that their thighs and calf muscles are huge, which gives them a solid base to work from.