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Mohammad Shami got better off Harris in second innings at Adelaide. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

It hasn’t been an easy time for Mohammed Shami. The fast bowler was charged with a plethora of allegations by his wife, Hasin Jahan. Since then Shami had to battle with his mental demons on the field.

In fact, the effect is palpable on his performance. Shami had an ordinary Indian Premier League. Furthermore, he was left out of the Afghanistan side after he failed the Yo-Yo fitness test. Thus, it is tough going for the speedster.

However, Shami has now cleared the Yo-Yo test, and he is looking forward to the England tour.

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Mohammed Shami with Virat Kohli. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

It has been a bumpy ride for Mohammed Shami in the last six months.

A BCCI official said the mental torture is effecting Mohammed Shami’s game.

“It is not about his bowling ability. The selectors will have to decide if Shami has got his focus back after the issues at home had distracted him. The mental demons are the issue, not his game. If he is not mentally 100 percent, he cannot fire on the field,” the official told CricketNext.

In fact, Shami’s childhood coach, Badruddin said the fast bowler is feeling better after clearing the fitness test. Moreover, the coach added Shami has moved on with his issues at home. Shami will begin his preparation in a couple of days time.

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Mohammad Shami. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

“We have been talking regularly and passing the fitness test has come as a big relief. These things can keep playing on your mind. Also, the issues on the home front is now not distracting him and he is at ease with himself. Shami was bowling at the NCA and now that he is back home we will start preparing for the England series in a couple of days,” Badruddin said.

Meanwhile, Shami had also accepted he was not able to perform to the best of his abilities during his difficult period. Thus, Shami will be determined to turn the tables on the England tour.

“I couldn’t perform well in last few months due to my family problems, but I am confident that things will change in England,” he had said.

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