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Published: Thu, July 14, 2016
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Pak captain Misbah set to finally realise Lord's dream

Pak captain Misbah set to finally realise Lord's dream

Former England players Graeme Swann and Kevin Pietersen have been particularly outspoken on the issue, suggesting Amir, who was 18 during the 2010 Test series, should not be allowed to return to top-level cricket.

This is a new Test series between England and Pakistan, and Amir says he's a different person as he prepares to return to the top of the game.

There will plenty of pressure heaped on the fast bowler, both from the crowd and within the Pakistan set-up. Incidentally, Amir's last Test, in August 2010, was at the same venue when he took 6 for 84 in the first innings. Amir was in his teenage, when he was accussed of committing the crime, under the influence of senior players Mohammed Asif and Salman Butt.

Pakistan were 282 for six after winning the toss at stumps on the first day of the first Test against England at Lord's today.

"He is really responding well to that and I hope it's a big opportunity for him, and that he comes on to the field and performs for Pakistan, to win the people again". However, he is yet to play a Test outside of Asia.

Misbah added: "We will concentrate on our strengths and forget about who's playing and who's not". This is where he honed his craft and learnt the ability to bowl long attacking spells without leaking runs.

Jake Ball will make his England Test debut against Pakistan at Lord's on Thursday. However, their best performance till date in England has been a 2-0 win in a three-Test series in 1996. Similarly, they have not lost a home Test match since 2012 when batting first.

England captain Alastair Cook too would have preferred to bat first.

England have had their problems at the top of the order and have countered that by moving Yorkshire's Joe Root up to No.3 following Nick Compton's decision to take a break from the sport.

"There have been a few conversations over the last six months that it was something that could happen down the line", Root said. The chance to escape the village and give their family a better life is something they will do anything for.

"I think that's probably harsh", said Root when asked if England's middle order is a work in progress. "It's looking like I might only get in because of injury with the way the other lads have bowled in the series, but, like for Notts, it's about taking your chance when it does come".

So it's fine (for him to make a comeback) I saw an interview with Michael Atherton and he came across as a matured guy. It seems to me that what he got was about right.

England have also recalled Gary Ballance, who was dropped after the 2015 Ashes.

Tendulkar however, was far more magnanimous in his view, saying Amir, now 24, had paid his dues and is capable of playing a starring role in the four-Test series.

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