England's Stokes says Pakistan's Shah is best leg-spinner since Warne

LONDON: England all-rounder Ben Stokes has hailed Pakistan leg-spinner Yasir Shah as the best the game has seen since the days of Australian great Shane Warne.

England struggled against Shah at Lord's as the 30-year-old ran riot, picking up 10 for 141 and inspiring Pakistan to a 75-run win on Sunday, rising to the top of the world test bowling rankings.

"Yasir Shah, I reckon, is the best leg-spinner since Shane Warne," Stokes told British media on Wednesday.

"I have been playing as a batsman for two weeks. It is something I definitely did need, to get myself back into match situations," the 25-year-old said.

"I have been bowling in the nets but you can't replicate (a match situation) doing that. The only thing you can do is bowl in a game. So it was good on that point and it was a massive confidence boost."