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England opener Alastair Cook has admitted that he is ready for the impending battle with Pakistan left-arm seamer Mohammad Amir in the two-Test series, which begins on Thursday at Lord’s.
Cook has faced Amir on numerous occasions in his career and acknowledged that the 26-year-old will pose a serious threat.
When the two teams last met in 2016, Amir took 12 wickets in four Tests at an average of 42.41.
“Mohammad Amir is obviously their danger man and he’s a very skilful bowler,” he wrote in his column for Sky Sports. “I know Mohammad from his time at Essex, he’s a very proud Essex player now and it’ll be good to have that battle with him. When Pakistan were here in 2016 we played him pretty well and we’ve got to do the same this time around.”
Meanwhile, Cook also expressed his excitement at wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler’s surprise recall to the Test team for the first Test at Lord’s.
Buttler has not played Test cricket since England’s tour of India in December 2016, but he has been in exceptional form in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL), where he scored five half-centuries in a row for the Rajasthan Royals, which equalled the tournament record set by legendary India batsman Virender Sehwag back in 2012.
“It’s good to have Jos Buttler back and, put simply: he’s a freak, his talent is unrivalled,” Cook wrote. “I first came across him when I was playing for Essex against Somerset and he scored 70 or 80, he was one of those players that made you stand up and take notice.
“There was something different about him and he’s obviously gone on and done some amazing things for English cricket, he’s had a really good IPL and you can’t ignore people with that much talent. It’s really exciting for him and he’s always spoken about how desperate he is to succeed in Test cricket and this is a great opportunity for him to do that.”