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Pakistan bowling coach has called on left-arm seamer Mohammad Amir to take more wickets with the new ball.
Amir has become a regular face in the national team since making his comeback from a five-year ban for his role in the spot-fixing scandal that stunned the cricketing world back in 2010.
However, while Amir has had his fair share of success since returning to international cricket, Mahmood reiterated that he would like the 26-year-old to strike more often when he is in possession of the new ball.
“As we know, Mohammad Amir had some fitness issues during the tour of Ireland and England, but he improved after being treated by our physiotherapist,” Mahmood wrote in his blog for PakPassion. “With that help, he was able to play all three Tests but the fact is that in his case, there is still hard work to be done to improve his fitness.
“We have to remember that he has come back into international cricket after an absence of 5 years and we are all working hard to improve his fitness. There is no doubt about the quality of skills that Mohammad Amir possesses and whilst he is very good with the older ball, what he really needs to do is to strike a bit more for us with the new ball.
“He may have been a little unlucky with dropped catches off his bowling, but we do need him to be more effective at the top of the innings. If he can strike consistently with the new ball, then it eases the pressure on the other bowlers and allows them to perform well.
“Needless to say, Mohammad Amir is working hard to improve his performances. Currently, there is a slight issue with his wrist position which we are looking to fix and hopefully, with this month-long break before our next assignment, he will come back as a different and more effective bowler.”