Amir backed to succeed on England return amid expected hostility

The fast bowler will make his emotionally charged return to the scene of his 2010 spot-fixing when England tackle Pakistan at Lord’s on July 14.

But Pakistan captain Misbah ul-Haq yesterday backed the controversial fast bowler to emerge from the series with his reputation restored.

“He knows he is going to be under pressure but he’s handled it really well and this is his opportunity to come back to where he had those problems and show the world he can perform and deliver for the team.” said Misbah.

“We can’t worry about the noise. It might happen – there are always voices in the crowd – but I think his bowling is there. If you look at his bowling speeds and swing and control, it is there.

“I believe Mohammad Amir can still be the best bowler in the world. This is his opportunity to deliver for the team and win back his fans.”

Pakistan will take on Sussex in a three-day tour match at Hove starting next Friday before the first of four Investec Tests against England at Lord’s.

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