Saturday cover: Pakistan’s Mohammad Amir lords over England captain Alastair Cook

Pakistan’s Mohammad Amir took his first Test wicket in six years when be bowled England captain Alastair Cook at Lord’s and is featured on The National Sport front page on Saturday, July 16, 2016.

Pakistan’s Mohammad Amir took his first Test wicket in six years when be bowled England captain Alastair Cook at Lord’s and is featured on The National Sport front page on Saturday, July 16, 2016.

Amir was making his return to Test cricket at the scene of his 2010 spot-fixing crime which saw him given a five-year ban and a jail term for deliberately bowling no balls as part of a newspaper ‘sting’ during that year’s Lord’s Test against England.

Osman Samiuddin: Pakistan’s Mohammed Amir makes his Test return with a rather humble bow at Lord’s

The 24-year-old paceman suffered the frustration Friday of seeing fellow left-hander Cook dropped off his bowling by slip Mohammad Hafeez and wicket-keeper Sarfraz Ahmed, who both missed routine chances, when the opener was on 22 and 55 respectively.

But with Cook in sight of a hundred on the second day of the first of a four-Test series, Amir took the fielders out of the equation by inducing Cook to play on for 81.

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Published: July 16, 2016 04:00 AM

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