Image courtesy of: ESPNcricinfo
Pakistan left-arm seamer Mohammad Amir stormed out of the post-day press conference in Johannesburg after being asked about captain Sarfraz Ahmed’s criticism of the pace attack.
Amir took two wickets on the opening day of the third Test, where Pakistan fought back to bowl South Africa out for 262 after Proteas opener Aiden Markram scored a sensational 90.
However, prior to the match, Sarfraz had publicly denounced the fast bowlers and questioned why their pace had dropped.
It is understood that Amir was less than impressed with Sarfraz’s comments as he felt much of the criticism was directed towards him.
This seemed evident in the press conference after play on the opening day, where Amir was visibly frustrated after being asked about his captain’s remarks about the pace attack.
“Please leave this question,” he was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo. “Leave this question. Are we done?”
While Amir left the press conference five minutes later, he admitted that he and the rest of the bowlers had put up a lackluster performance in the first two sessions of the day.
“The first two sessions we didn’t bowl well,” he said. “But after tea, we made a plan that we had to bowl wicket to wicket and we have to control run rate so we can get wickets. So that was the idea and I think we were successful.
“This wicket is far better than previous wickets. If you settle in, you can get the runs and wickets. But I always believe when you stick with the basics whether you’re a bowler or batsmen, you can get the reward.”