Legspinner predicts big things from Cullen October 26, 2006

Warne warms up with spin doctor

Cricinfo staff

Dan Cullen, who played his first Test in Bangladesh alongside Shane Warne, has won praise from the master © Getty Images
Shane Warne has tuned up for the Ashes during a one-hour session with his long-term spin mentor Terry Jenner in Adelaide. Warne, who last had his action checked by Jenner before the 2005 Lord's Test, ran through his repertoire at an indoor cricket centre before Victoria's Pura Cup match against South Australia on Friday.

"It went very well," Warne said in The Courier-Mail. "It's always great to work with TJ to see if everything is going well or whether there needs to be a couple of changes here or there or what needs to be done. He was pretty happy with the way I was bowling and all the deliveries."

Warne said he was working on his follow through as well as some other minor changes. "My arm length - sometimes it gets a little bit short, a little bit round arm," Warne said. "He just wanted to make sure I was following through with my action." The pair first met during Warne's interrupted stint at the Academy in 1990 and the men have since had regular meetings. After the Lord's session last year Warne went on to take 40 wickets at 19.92 in five Tests.

Warne also suggested Dan Cullen could form part of a three-man spin attack if the conditions suited during the Ashes series. Cullen, who is in India with the Champions Trophy squad, has impressed Warne and they played together during Cullen's only Test against Bangladesh in April.

"Myself and Stuart MacGill are the No. 1 and No. 2 when we play two spinners," he told the paper. "But there might be times through the series, whether it be in Perth, Adelaide or Sydney, where we might have a raging turner, where we might want to play three spinners."

Cullen met up with Warne during his county stint during the winter and he was given advice while he struggled on Somerset's batsman-friendly surfaces. "When I went to England we played Hampshire in a game and we had a really good chat about bowling," Cullen said. "I went out to tea with him and stuff like that. He said be aggressive and try to take wickets. That's the way I enjoy playing my cricket."

Despite not playing in India, Cullen told the Sydney Morning Herald he was "loving" the experience of bowling in the nets. "You are against the best batsmen in the world, so I should be in good form going into the Pura Cup season when I get back," he said. "The wickets here are a fair bit different to Australian wickets and you have to bowl a little bit quicker.

"It's great experience being over here and watching how their bowlers do it, especially a lot of the net bowlers as well. Wherever you go you have to adapt."