Alastair Cook urges England team-mates to ignore Mohammad Amir’s


The England captain accepted the left-arm Pakistan bowler will be a danger
despite not playing in a Test since the infamous scandal in 2010. But he
insisted that if they are to counter his threat they must focus on the ball not the
man when play gets underway at Lord’s.”One thing not in question with
Mohammad Amir is that he is a really good bowler who will be a challenge for
our top order,” said Cook. “But there are 10 other players and four other
bowlers to focus on.”You can easily be distracted in big series when things get
hyped up, but the danger is that it takes away from the most important thing
which is that ball coming down.”We have to be careful not to build him up in
our own minds for all that we know how skilful he is and we have to prepare for
that mentally and block out all that external stuff.”Cook tapped up Somerset
legend Marcus Trescothick for his thoughts on Amir after the tour match at
Taunton earlier this month.Amir was banned from international cricket for five
years in 2011 for his part in the spot-fixing Test here at Lord’s in 2010. He also
served three months of a six-month prison sentence.Misbah ul Haq, the
Pakistan captain, remains confident the bowler can deal with the occasion of a
return.”His mood is good and he is just focusing on what he has to do in the
ground,” said Misbah. “I hope it’s a big chance for him and that he comes on
the field and performs for Pakistan to win people again.”At the moment there
are no worries for us in terms of Mohammad Amir.”


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