Northampton pupil is given bowling lesson by Shane Warne

Year 11 Malcolm Arnold Aacdemy student Mirwais Muhammad and Shane Warne
Year 11 Malcolm Arnold Aacdemy student Mirwais Muhammad and Shane Warne

A student from Malcolm Arnold Academy has been given a bowling lesson by Australian cricket legend Shane Warne during a special nets session at Lords.

The academy’s sponsor, David Ross, arranged for 10 students from across the David Ross Education Trust to meet and train with the spin bowler, who took 708 test wickets.

Mirwais Muhammad, a year 11 student at Malcolm Arnold Academy who plays for Northampton Saints Cricket Club, was one of the lucky students who met the 44-year-old.

Mr Muhamed said: “Shane Warne began by showing his magical bowling, explaining every single step and techniques. He asked us what direction we think the ball will go in, fooling us with his incredible technique.

“After this we all had a go at batting against him. I then got to bowl and Shane Warne pointed out my mistakes, giving me tips such as saying that I should lean forward more to keep the balance all the way through.”

As part of the session, Shane showed the students how to spot which way the ball was going to turn, as well as giving them an understanding about how he bowled the famous “flipper”.

Shane Warne said: “I think we all had a great session, and it was a lot of fun. There was some real talent and I hope that they all continue to play and enjoy their cricket.”

Jo Robinson, the David Ross Education Trust’s Sports Development Manager, said: “It was an incredible day. Shane is a really down to earth guy and made all the students feel at ease.”

As part of the day, the students also got to go on a tour of Lords and see how internationals prepare for a test.

Ms Robinson said: “Having Shane Warne teaching you the tricks of his trade at Lords is only going to motivate and improve the skills of young people like Connor and Jamie. I really do hope it helps inspire them to become the cricketing stars of the future.”