Why is Amir pumped up ahead of the second Test against England?

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Mohammad Amir: “If we win the series I think it will be the best memory of my life”

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Pakistan left-arm seamer Mohammad Amir has admitted that if his side were to triumph over England in the second Test and win the series 2-0, it would be “the best memory of my life”.

In addition to it potentially being the highlight of Amir’s career, it would also mark Pakistan’s first Test series win in England since 1996.

Even if the second Test, which begins on Friday, ends as a draw, Pakistan will still win the series as they triumphed by nine wickets in the first Test at Lord’s.

“It’s a big achievement winning in Test cricket in England against England at home,” Amir was quoted as saying by the Times of India. “If we win the series I think it will be the best memory of my life.”

While Amir was thrilled with his side’s victory at Lord’s, he admitted that they will have to take their game to the next level at Headingley since England will be eager to end the series as a 1-1 draw.

“Winning games at Lord’s – the home of cricket – it is very hard to win (in England). We did well at Lord’s, but it’s passed now,” he said. “Everybody knows England are a very good side – I think one of the best sides in Test cricket – and they will come harder at us here. But we are ready for that challenge.”

Amir took five wickets in the first Test, four of which came in the second innings, but he admitted that fellow seamers Mohammad Abbas and Hasan Ali deserve a lot of credit for their superb performances.

Abbas was named Man of the Match for taking eight wickets, while Hasan claimed four wickets, all of which came in the first innings.

In addition to Abbas and Hasan, Amir pointed out that a lot of praise should also be directed towards bowling coach Azhar Mahmood.

“Credit goes to all the bowlers, especially Mohammad Abbas. He’s bowling very well – and Hasan Ali,” Amir said. “But credit goes to Azhar Mahmood as well. He’s working hard with us and keeps telling us, ‘Pitch the ball up, pitch the ball up’. I think that was the main difference at Lord’s.

“We are looking for the same here, and I always give the credit to Azhar Mahmood because he is working so hard – and he is the man behind this.”

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