Shah plans for Murali threat

Middlesex batsman upbeat ahead of Tests in Sri Lanka

Last Updated: 14/11/07 12:23pm

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Shah: confident

Shah: confident

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Owais Shah is hoping England can take their one-day form into the Test arena when they return to Sri Lanka later this month.

"We've been trying to recreate the challenge of facing him (Muralitharan), but the big challenge is in the heat of battle when you're trying to make the right decisions."
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Shah was part of the side that triumphed 3-2 in the one-day series between the two sides back in October.

And the Middlesex batsman is confident that England can use those positive experiences to their advantage during the Tests.

"We had a really good four or five weeks out there in Sri Lanka, winning a series when a lot of people had probably written us off," Shah told Sky Sports News.

"The guys fought really well. Hopefully the one-day guys can carry that spirit onto the Test guys, share their experiences and talk about playing in the conditions."

Murali return

Sri Lanka were without off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan due to an elbow injury during the one-day series, but are expected to have their main wicket-taking weapon back for the Tests.

Muralitharan has taken 93 wickets during his 13 appearances against England, and Shah admits he provides a challenge unlike any other in the game.

"They are strengthened by the fact they will have Murali," added Shah. "It's going to be a tough task but I'm sure the guys are up for it.

"We've been working hard in the nets about trying to play Murali.

"We've been trying to recreate the challenge of facing him, but the big challenge is in the heat of battle when you're trying to make the right decisions."

England are scheduled to play two three-day warm-up games prior to the first Test in Kandy, which starts on December 1.

The three-match series - which is being screened live on Sky Sports - concludes with Tests in Colombo (Dec 9-13) and Galle (Dec 18-22).

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