Mohammad Amir got his England tour off to a memorable start as he ran through the Somerset batting order in the first warm-up a fixture at Taunton. In Somerset’s first innings, Amir was quite lethal with the new Duke’s ball as his accuracy was pretty remarkable. He first got rid of Somerset veteran and former England opener Marcus Trescothick with an absolute gem to have him caught behind. His next two wickets were achieved in the similar fashion as he castled right-handers coming from around the wicket.
With the test series against England looming, Amir will be Pakistan’s trump card. The pacer was the Man of the series for Pakistan during the side’s previous tour of England and this time around as well, a lot of hopes will be pinned on him. Against solid batsmen like Alastair Cook and Joe Root, Amir will hold the aces for Pakistan.
After a great first outing, the pacer was praised by Somerset coach Matthew Maynard. “Amir was swinging it massive in the first innings, proper late big swing. He’s a threat, he always has been, hasn’t he? He’s got that pace, he’s wiry, he’s got a change-up, you don’t see that too often these days,” Maynard said about the talented pacer.
The Somerset coach also went on to compare the pacer to all time bowling great Andy Roberts. “He’s someone who almost bowls at 90 percent, 95 percent of his capabilities and then he throws that 100 percenter in, that change of pace up, like the old great Andy Roberts. We don’t see that as often these days,” Maynard mentioned.
On the other hand, former Pakistani skipper Wasim Akram was quick to warn Pakistan about England’s red hot recent form. “England have shown remarkable confidence in the last 18 months, beating South Africa in South Africa, qualifying for the final of the World Twenty20 and winning against Sri Lanka, so they will be tough to beat, ” said Akram. “For me, the only way is to do ‘tit for tat’ in all departments of the game if you want to beat them.”