By: Drcricket7 Staff
Pakistan pacer Mohammad Amir impressed one and all on his return to first-class cricket in England. The left-arm pacer dismantled Somerset’s top-order at the County Ground, Taunton yesterday.
Amir, playing his first game in England since facing spot-facing charges for bowling a no-ball at the Lord’s, was right on the money. He displayed pace, accuracy and sharp movement on his return.
The Pakistan pacer got the wickets of Marcus Trescothick, Adam Hose and Somerset captain Peter Trego. Somerset failed to recover from early jolts and could only manage to score 128 in their first innings.
Amir came back among wickets by first getting rid of Trescothick. The Somerset opener had no answer of Amir’s well-pitched delivery and the late movement was just enough to get an edge.
Debutant Hose was the second to go when Amir flattened his off-stump. Amir had saved his best for the last, and Trego was at the receiving end. The left-arm seamer sent Trego’s middle-stump cartwheeling.
“He swung the ball really late,” Trescothick said. “You get a lot of bowlers who swing it quite early but he was swinging it late. That bit of extra pace is the thing.”
“He hasn’t played international cricket for a number of years so there’s probably an extra bit of zip that he has that makes him hard work,” the Somerset opener added.