The cricketer who laughed: beleaguered Yasir Shah still a lovable figure | Russell Jackson

If a cricketer can be judged by his mood when the chips are down, the Pakistan spinner has won plenty of admirers on his side’s dismal tour of Australia

If they ever publish a modern reboot of Frank Tyson’s holiday house staple, The Cricketer Who Laughed, there could be no better cover star than Yasir Shah. The Pakistani leg-spinner bowled his final inglorious deliveries of a truly dismal Test tour of Australia today, but lost no fans with his undimmed optimism.

Before this three-game series we knew him as a chirpy character and an attacking bowler of considerable gifts, but what Australians in particular hadn’t witnessed yet was how he performs in the face of adversity. In the last few weeks there has been plenty of it.

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