Arthur hopes swing and luck returns for Amir

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    Pakistan’s dependence on spearhead Mohammad Amir is natural. In an inexperienced bowling attack, they hope Amir could lead from the front, more so in the opening Test against England starting at Lord’s from Thursday.

    Having shown his desire to play more limited overs cricket than in Tests, this Test tour of England may set the direction for Amir. Amir has not been in the best of form and fitness since the tour started. Since his return from a spot-fixing ban, Amir has 49 wickets in 17 Tests, which is much below than Pakistan expect from him. That said, some 17 dropped catches off his bowling should also be taken into account.

    In the tour opener against Kent, he sent 30 wicket-less overs but then managed five wickets in the Ireland Test, also completing 100 Test wickets in the way. But at Dublin, he walked off with a right knee problem but the team management is confident he will be raring to go.

    “He’s perfect, 100 percent. He’s fine he’s ready to go,” said a confident Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur. “It was his rotation. (Mohammad) Abbas sat out the first game, Hasan (Ali) sat out the second, so he sat out the third.”

    Pakistan announced 12 for the first Test, with Hasan Ali likely to miss out after injuring his webbing and not bowling in the nets on Tuesday. Faheem Ashraf provides the much-needed bowling option as an all-rounder.

    Arthur, still believes, Amir has to be the man-to-go.

    “I think Amir is the finest exponent of pace and swing when he gets it 100 percent right. We’ve used that spell that Trent Boult bowled in Auckland,” said Arthur of Boult’s six-wicket burst which bundled England out for a measly 58 in March this year.

    “We’ve had a look at his lengths and the England batsmen then were on the back of a really tough winter for them. We believe he bowls incredibly well at left-handers and there will be three left-handers (Alastair Cook, Mark Stoneman and Dawid Malan) in the (England) top four.

    “He’s ready, I just hope it goes really well for him because he’s been unlucky at times with the amount of dropped catches. He’s ready, he’s determined, he’s fit, he’s strong, he’s excited, he’s in a very good place at the moment so I just hope it goes really well for him.”

    Pakistan coach shrugged off any worries over the lack of runs from Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq, although Shafiq got a fifty against Ireland and Azhar against Leicestershire.

    “I’m not at all worried by them. They are quality players, their records speak for themselves — they’ve got very good Test records. They roll up, they are big-match players, they’re fine and they are all batting really well at the moment. They are getting stuck in, nets were challenging today which was good but the guys stuck it out really well.

    “I’m confident they’ll deliver for us.”

    Arthur, whose first assignment in 2016 saw Pakistan drawing a Test series in England 2-2 in 2016, praised the opponents.

    “England are always good. In their home conditions, England are a different team from England abroad. To be honest, we are just worrying about ourselves. We are a very young Test cricket team at the moment and we’ve changed the brand, changed the way we want to play — gone five batsmen and five bowlers — we are just looking to build. We’ve got a lot of young players who we want to give a lot of experience to so our focus has just been on ourselves.

    “We’ve had a look obviously at (Jos) Buttler, he adds an attacking side to England, but our focus is very firmly on us and us doing our basics 100 percent.”

    Asked would Pakistan continue to prove people wrong, Arthur said: “Of course we can, definitely. We haven’t come here not to win. If we play well enough, it’s a changing room full of very, very skilled cricketers, very young cricketers, fearless cricketers, guys that don’t fear failure. They are an intelligent, skilful bunch of cricketers, who if we get the breaks and things go our way will certainly put England under pressure.”

    Pakistan’s main concerns will also be their batting but with newcomer Imam-ul-Haq hitting a fighting fifty on debut against Ireland gives them some consolation.

    “Imam’s a totally different character to Inzi. I don’t think it fazes him that much to be honest. Nothing really fazes him. He’s on cloud nine at the moment. He played beautifully for us, under pressure, against Ireland in his Test debut.

    “He got a hundred on debut in one-day (international) cricket. He’s living the dream and he’s rolling with the punches at the moment. He’s fine. I don’t think that fazes hi at all, to be perfectly frank.”

    Arthur’s main focus has been on building a culture of fitness and unity, which he feels is thriving in his charges.

    “First of all, we are an incredibly fit unit. The guys have trained unbelievably hard, not that we weren’t coming in 2016 but that was the start of almost the fitness regime.

    “The brand of cricket we are playing is certainly a more attacking brand. We felt we needed to change with the times and get another bowler in. We felt another bowler would lessen the load, particularly not having Yasir (Shah) here. And we are a more attacking side at the moment. Our batters will score quick.

    “The emphasis is on taking wickets and on scoring (quickly). There are going to be times when you need to control the game but it’s all about the attack but that’s not about getting blase because there are going to be moments when you have to show a lot of patience and absorb a bit of pressure.

    “But for us, the best form of pressure is if we can put pressure back on the opposition and we do that by attacking.”

    “We were probably a more negative team in 2016 then we are now but that wasn’t a bad thing because that fitted exactly what we wanted at that point in time.”

    Pakistan will miss experienced and wily spinner Yasir Shah, who took ten wickets in Pakistan’s win at Lord’s last time around, but Shadab Khan seems to have come up to expectations, if not fully making up for the loss.

    “Shadab’s a wonderful talent. Like many of the young guys do, he cut his teeth in Twenty20 cricket but he’s bowled a lot of overs — he played five or six first-class games. He had a Test match in Barbados which didn’t go that well for him but he learnt a hell of a lot from it though. He learned he needed to be a lot more consistent.

    “In that Test match I likened him to Imran Tahir — he was leg-spinner, the leg-spinner, googly, googly whereas now he is understanding what he needs to do.

    “He’s built pressure for us at times, he controlled the (run) rate for us beautifully in Malahide and he’s got all the tricks.

    “He can defend and attack, he’s a wonderful talent. I hope you see the best of him here because he’s going to be special.”

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    I believe Mickey is depending too much on Amir. Other bowlers have to step up too, you cant count on Amir too much.
     
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    Mohammad Amir is the finest exponent of pace and swing when he gets it 100% right : Mickey Arthur

    Quotes from Mickey Arthur's presser.

    "Mohammad Amir is fully fit; he's fine and a 100% [fit] and ready to go"

    "We rested Amir out in the Leicestershire game as that was part of rotation [policy]"

    "I am not worried at all about them [Azhar & Asad]; They are fine players and their Test records speak for themselves"

    "They are big match players and they are all doing well at the moment"

    "I am confident that they [Azhar and Asad] will deliver for us"

    "England are always good; England in their home conditions are a different team to England abroad"

    "We are just worrying about ourselves as we have a young team"

    "We have changed our brand of cricket and we have changed the way we want to play"

    "Of course we can [prove everyone wrong]; we haven't come here not to win"

    "We have an intelligent bunch of skilled cricketers"

    "If we get the breaks and things go our way, we will certainly put England under pressure"

    "Honestly speaking, Imam-ul-Haq is a totally different character to Inzi"

    "Nothing really fazes him [Imam]"

    "He played beautifully for us under pressure against Ireland and also scored 100 on his ODI debut"

    "We are incredibly fit due to the fact that we train unbelievably hard - which is not to say that we weren't fit in 2016 which was the start of our fitness regime"

    "The brand of cricket we are playing is certainly a more attacking brand"

    "We felt that we needed to change over time and we felt we needed another bowler in"

    "We felt that another bowler will lessen the load, particularly as we don't have Yasir Shah"

    "The emphasis [now] is on taking wickets and on scoring"

    "We were probably a more negative team in 2016 than we are now"

    "But that wasn't a bad thing as it fitted in with what we wanted to do at that time"

    "Shadab is a wonderful spinner and like many other young guys, has cut his teeth in Twenty20 cricket"

    "[In his initial days] I likened him [Shadab] to Imran Tahir which was leg spin, leg spin, googly googly whereas now he understands what he needs to do"

    "He's bowled in pressure situations for us and at times he's controlled the run-rate beautifully for us"

    "He's got all the tricks and a wonderful talent, and I hope we all see the best of him"

    "Hasan Ali and Rahat are in the twelve and we will decide tomorrow which of those will play; so there will be an Ali playing, depends whether its a Rahat or Hasan"

    "Mohammad Amir is the finest exponent of pace and swing when he gets it 100% right"

    "We've used the spell by Trent Boult in Auckland [as an example] and had a look at the lengths"

    "We believe that Amir bowls really well at the left-handers and there will be 3 of them in the top 4 for England"

    "Amir has been unlucky at times if you look at the amounts of dropped catches"

    "He is ready, fit, determined, strong excited so I just hope it goes really well for him"

    "It's good that Shadab has put pressure on Yasir as it needed someone to put pressure on him"

    "When we have Australia/New Zealand in Dubai and the ball turning square then having these 2 there will be very exciting"

    "Faheem has some bit to go with his batting, we need to polish him a bit and he needs to work on his defense"

    "Faheem is just a happy go lucky jovial guy and I am not sure he feels pressure"

    "Outside the sub continent we cannot play 5 bowlers unless we have a seam bowler all-rounder which is why we have groomed him"

    "Shadab's pace is 100% right at the moment, he has slowed his pace a hell of lot down"

    "His pace is right for these conditions"

    "What we want him to do is to have his variations a gear up instead of a gear down"

    "When he is under pressure, he goes a little bit quicker"

    "I am quite happy and I would like to keep on going with Pakistan as long as they will have me"

    "It's one of the best dressing room environments I have ever been in"

    "Our second choice wicket-keeper [Mohammad Rizwan] is here playing in the leagues so we have covered that" [regarding what happens if captain breaks a finger]

    "With those runs and wickets comes a lot of accountability" regarding England's experience
     
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    Indeed, he is.

    I hope that he's fully fit and give his more than 100%, because he likes to bowl in ENG.
     
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    Had massive hopes for Amir to do well following his comeback in test cricket. His lack of ambition in tests however means I really don't see him doing anything in tests no more. His talent is non existent and lack of commitment is even worse. Waste of a test spot. Mickey is only hyping him up to see if he can somehow make him stay in test side
     
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    He’s been bowling at full speed in the Lords nets, which is great.
     
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    Bumped !!!

    Still going wicket less... We need to draft Shaheen ASAP.
     

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