In pace bowling there is little between the teams, although Pakistan will have three practitioners to England's four, while in batting Pakistan could argue that their stats equal England's, with the qualification that most of their runs were made in Asia, The Telegraph said in a report on Monday. I see this as the start of a campaign to start pressuring Amir. There's no recall for Ben Stokes, an all-rounder who injured himself during the Leeds Test match against Sri Lanka while Jos Buttler's hopes of playing as a back-up batsman looked to have been dashed despite his excellent white-ball cricket form.
Mohammad Amir's fairytale comeback after a five-year ban from Cricket still remained a matter of controversy, with former England offspinner Graeme Swann questioning the fast bowler's morality.
Pakistan's last two tours of England have ended in controversial - not to mention heavy - defeats: the forfeiture at The Oval in 2006 led to a 3-0 scoreline, while England wrapped up the series 3-1 four years later. The guys did not shake hands at the end of the test. We felt empty when we took the wickets to win the match and did not celebrate. "I have to focus on that and how he bowls and how he performs", Misbah said. Although preparation matches such as these against makeshift county XIs aren't going to have any bearing on the Test matches, it is a good sign for the series that Pakistan have already faired considerably better than their Sri Lankan counterparts earlier in the year. I saw him (last week) and he was doing OK.
"Then they calmed down and now they are trying to get along with him".
Stuart Broad says England need to forget about Pakistan bowler Mohammad Amir's past and concentrate on his cricketing abilities.
He added: "What has happened has gone now". "We all take him as our young brother - he is a part of our family. His bowling stats have improved a lot and he is a very decent bowler and it will be good to see him around the squad for the first time this week".
"I think he was like King Lear, "more sinned against than sinning", explained former England captain Brearley in a reference to the Shakespeare play. "If we do come across a wicket like that, which is always a lottery at Lord's, we have got to be better at adapting". "He was with us a year ago in the Ashes when he was injured, and he was with us in Durban [for the first Test against South Africa in December]".
"I think he will deal with all those things and he is ready to answer with his performance and that is what counts", Wahab said.
The trio were also banned from competing in cricket by the ICC, with Amir getting a five-year ban, Asif a seven-year ban and Butt a ten-year ban.