Pakistan Cricket Board says legspinner Yasir Shah will work with spin consultant Mushtaq Ahmed before the second test against Sri Lanka at Karachi next week.
Shah, who is the fastest bowler to complete 200 test wickets, was dropped for the first test against Sri Lanka at Rawalpindi -- a historic five-day game in Pakistan for over a decade.
Shah struggled against Australia in the last series which Pakistan lost 2-0 after two heavy defeats by an innings margin. He took four wickets for 205 runs at Brisbane and remained wicketless at Adelaide, finishing with a disappointing 0-197.
Shah completed 200 wickets in his 33rd test match last year against New Zealand at Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
The PCB appointed Ahmed as its spin consultant last week and will work for 120 days in a year at the National Cricket Academy at Lahore.
Shah was released from the Pakistan team in Rawalpindi on Wednesday and will train with Ahmed at the NCA in Lahore before he joins the squad in Karachi next Monday.
The second test will be played at the National Stadium, Karachi from next Thursday.
Bayern Munich is running out of healthy players as it bids to make up lost ground in the Bundesliga.
The Bavarian club ended a run of two league losses with a 3-1 win over Tottenham in the Champions League on Wednesday, but has few options ahead of three Bundesliga games in a week.
Bayern hosts struggling Werder Bremen on Saturday, then visits Freiburg on Wednesday before its final game before Christmas against Wolfsburg in Munich.
France winger Kingsley Coman was forced off in pain after landing awkwardly on his left leg against Tottenham, leaving interim coach Hansi Flick with only 13 players from the senior team for Bremen's visit.
Niklas Süle, Lucas Hernandez, Fiete Arp and Michael Cuisance are all out, Javi Martinez is suspended, and Corentin Tolisso is doubtful with a left thigh problem picked up in last weekend's 2-1 loss at league leader Borussia Mönchengladbach.
David Alaba, who missed the win over Tottenham, is expected to return, as will top scorer Robert Lewandowski, who was given a break Wednesday as Bayern wrapped up six wins from six in the Champions League.
Coman won't play again this year, though his injury isn't as serious as initially feared. Bayern said Thursday the Frenchman only has a capsule tear in his left knee, pulled his biceps tendon and jarred the knee joint.
"We all got a huge shock," Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic said. "He had a couple of serious injuries in the last one or two years, that's why you always think the worst."
Bayern is already seven points behind Gladbach after last weekend's loss.
"It's important that we don't give away any more points in the Bundesliga," Bayern midfielder Joshua Kimmich said.
Bremen should provide a return to form. The northern team's losing streak to Bayern goes back over 17 games, a league record.
Interim coach Flick, who took over from the fired Niko Kovac, started with four wins in all competitions before two somewhat unfortunate Bundesliga losses ended the honeymoon start.
Still, the former Germany assistant coach has the backing of Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, who intimated Wednesday that he may be kept on until the end of the season.
"Hansi has our trust. I'm convinced that he will live up to it," said Rummenigge, who said a decision on whether Flick remains coach after the winter break will be made in the days after the Wolfsburg game on Dec. 21.
Bayern captain Manuel Neuer is among those calling for Flick to stay.
"Everything has been going great in the team so far. The communication is super and the philosophy suits us," Neuer said. "That's why we're all positive when it comes to the coach."
Takumi Minamino could soon become the first Japanese player to sign for Liverpool.
Salzburg sporting director Christoph Freund said Thursday his club is in talks with Liverpool over the transfer of the 24-year-old Minamino, who impressed in two games between the teams in the group stage of the Champions League this season.
"We're honored by the kind of clubs who are interested in our players," Freund said on Salzburg's Twitter page.
Minamino, an attacking midfielder who can also play as a forward, joined Salzburg from Japanese club Cerezo Osaka in 2015. He reportedly has a release clause of 7.25 million pounds ($9.5 million).
Klopp was very complimentary about the way Salzburg attacked Liverpool in his team's 2-0 win on Tuesday, which sealed the defending champions's spot in the last 16 and dropped Salzburg into the Europa League.
The other two members of Salzburg's forward line, Norway's Erling Braut Håland and South Korea's Hwang Hee-chan, have also been linked with moves away from the club.
Shinji Okazaki won the Premier League title with Leicester in 2016, while Shinji Kagawa (Manchester United), Hidetoshi Nakata (Bolton) and Junichi Inamoto (Arsenal and Fulham) are among other Japanese to have played in England's top division.
Marnus Labuschagne's third consecutive century helped Australia grind out 248-4 against New Zealand on the opening day of the first cricket test under lights at Perth Stadium on Thursday.
Labuschagne and Travis Head were unbeaten on 110 and 20 runs respectively after the home side elected to bat first in 40-degree (104 F) temperatures.
"It's great to get us in a position where we can kick on," Labuschagne said.
Coming in at the fall of opener Joe Burns' wicket after about an hour, Labuschagne, the newest batting find during the Ashes in England and against Pakistan, batted with huge confidence against a disciplined New Zealand attack that was diminished from the second session by the loss of injured fast bowler Lockie Ferguson.
Labuschagne danced down the pitch and hoisted left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner over the long on boundary for six to bring up his third straight century in his 12th test. He scored 185 and 162 in the tests against Pakistan recently.
Also in his innings, he reached 1,000 career test runs, and remained the most prolific run-scorer for Australia in 2019 with 939 runs (average 72.23) in nine tests.
Since being called up as a concussion substitute for Steve Smith during the Ashes, Labuschagne has grown in stature and matured into a fine right-hander occupying the pivotal No.3 spot.
"(Scoring three hundreds is) something I wanted to do and probably more of a dream," Labuschagne said. "For it to become a reality it's a different look.
"You don't want to take any runs for granted. When you get in you want to make a big score. I enjoy batting at No.3 (because) sitting and watching is draining."
He has batted for 318 minutes and faced 202 balls, and hit a six and 14 boundaries in his chanceless innings.
Labuschagne and Steve Smith shared 132 runs for the third wicket to see Australia through a period of uncertainty as New Zealand made the hosts work hard for runs after lunch.
While Labuschagne was scoring at will, Smith was uncharacteristically restrained and at times struggled. He took a blow on his fingers as he fended a short delivery from Neil Wagner, and on 19 was dropped by second slip Tom Latham off debutant fast bowler Ferguson.
Ferguson left the field midway through the day for a scan on a strained right calf.
Smith eventually fell for 43 when a Wagner short ball hurried on him and gloved an attempted pull to Tim Southee at leg slip — a well set trap. He faced 164 balls and hit four boundaries in his 188-minute innings.
Taking the second new ball, swing bowler Southee struck immediately when Matthew Wade shouldered arms to a delivery that swung and bowled the left-hander for 12.
Australia lost openers Burns and David Warner before lunch.
Wagner took a brilliant catch off his own bowling to remove Warner for just 43.
Warner was coming off back-to-back centuries against Pakistan, including an unbeaten 335 not out in Adelaide 10 days ago. He stroked four boundaries and faced 74 balls before hitting a full toss back to Wagner, who took a sharp one-handed catch to his right.
On a pitch that offered little assistance to the New Zealand bowlers, Warner and Burns shared 40 runs in the first hour until swing bowler Colin de Grandhomme struck.
Burns, on 9, was adjudged lbw by umpire Aleem Dar, who was officiating in a record 129th test match. Burns failed to review the decision as he hit across the line, but replays showed the delivery missing leg stump.
Australia is unbeaten in six day-night tests.
Bad weather spoiled the second day of Pakistan's first home cricket test in more than 10 years as only 18.2 overs could be bowled against Sri Lanka on Thursday.
Resuming on 202-5, Sri Lanka reached 263-6 when play was called off at 3:30 p.m. local time due to bad light. Niroshan Dickwella on 33 was the only wicket to fall.
Only about 2,000 spectators were drawn by free entry to the 17,000-seat Pindi Cricket Stadium.
"I came to the stadium at around 9:30 a.m., but I am so disappointed that I could watch less than 20 overs," said Siddique Ahmed, a college student. "I wish tomorrow it's a bright sunny day so that I can watch some exciting cricket."
But the forecast for Friday is for more rain in this northern city.
Earlier, Dhananjaya de Silva completed his sixth test half-century and Sri Lanka added 20 runs before rain arrived after only 35 minutes of play in the first session.
The 16-year-old fast bowler Naseem Shah induced an edge off Dhananjaya in his third over of the morning, but the batsman was declared not out after video replays showed the ball kissed the grass before wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan caught it.
Dhananjaya completed his half-century off the next ball when he played an on drive off a full toss and ran for two runs before the rain came. Dhananjaya has hit eight fours and faced 104 balls.
Play resumed after a break of 2 hours, 43 minutes, and Pakistan finally got the breakthrough with the second new ball during 10 overs of play.
Left-handed Dickwella was neatly caught at gully off left-arm fast bowler Shaheen Afridi, then the umpires stopped play due to bad light.
Dhananjaya was unbeaten on 72 off 131 balls with 11 boundaries, and Dilruwan Perera was 2 not out.
"If we could get a 300-plus score we could put Pakistan under pressure tomorrow," Dickwella said.
"With these (overcast) conditions we have three good seamers and an offspinner … we are confident that they will get some purchase out of this wicket."
Young fast bowlers Afridi (2-47) and Shah (2-75) bowled with some lively pace under favorable conditions, especially with the second new ball.
"We tried to give 100%," Afridi said. "The ball is still new and we will try to bowl them out as quickly as possible tomorrow."