Warne selects Anwar as best-ever Pakistani batsman he bowled to

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London-Australian spin legend Shane Warne on Monday named former left-hand batsman Saeed Anwar as the best Pakistani willow wielder he ever bowled to.

Anwar — a veteran of 55 Tests and 247 ODIs for Pakistan — held the record for the highest score in ODIs (194 against India) which is now taken over by Indian batsman Rohit Sharma (264).

Anwar maintained an average of 45.52 in the five-day format, while in ODIs, he averaged 39.21 with the bat.

Against Warne, Anwar averaged 56.33 in six matches — second best in the list of other batsmen that the leggie named.

His best-ever pick to bowl to from India was Sachin Tendulkar and from West Indies he named Brian Lara.

Graham Gooch, meanwhile, was his pick from England who has an average of 66.16 from 11 matches against Warne.

Other players to make Warne’s list are

Bangladesh: Mohammad Ashraful

New Zealand: Martin Crowe

South Africa: Hansie Cronje/Jacques Kallis

Sri Lanka: Aravinda de Silva

Zimbabwe: David Houghton


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