Pakistan v Australia, 2nd Test, Headingley, 3rd day July 23, 2010

Brilliant Aamer thinks on his feet

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Pakistan need to thank Mohammad Aamer for putting those winning smiles on their faces. His promise, his talent, his skills and his dynamic mindset have splashed across this brief series like vibrant colours. Many a burning talent has emerged out of Pakistan and sparked briefly before extinguishing, but Aamer is not a flickering hope. Still only 10 Tests old, Aamer has all ingredients to become the next generation's best fast bowler.

Late on the second day Australia had clawed back into the contest after a gritty partnership between their senior pair of Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke. Ponting had already notched a half-century and Clarke was on the verge of matching him. On the third morning Headingley was bathed in bright sunshine, often a portent for a fast-emerging Australian dominance.

Equally promising were the dangers Aamer and his new-ball partner Mohammad Asif could pose. Already these two were instrumental in breaking the Australian knees on the first day when they collapsed for 88. Ponting and Clarke walked in doubly stubborn to stamp their authority in front of a 5,000-strong crowd, which had come to witness an imminent result.

Their positive footwork and the eagerness to play forward indicated the Australians' aggressive plan. Ponting was lucky to get away in Asif's first over when he plunged forward against a late outswinger and the thick outside edge flew past the vacant third slip. But a couple of overs later Aamer smartly darted an angled delivery wide across Ponting and, like a magnet, the Australian captain chased it and was caught behind. It was no teaser by Aamer. His thinking mind had alerted him to cast a net that Ponting would fall for in his attempt to go for runs.

Aamer had also understood Michael Hussey's usual method to play as late as possible. So he sent a slower delivery, which pitched on the seam and jumped on Hussey, who was dumbfounded by the resultant edge, which was caught nicely by Umar Akmal at first slip. Perhaps Aamer's uncanny knack to work out batsmen prompted Marcus North, under pressure, to play a straight and short delivery onto his stumps. Those three wickets immediately put Pakistan in a truly dominant position and underlined Aamer's preternatural brilliance to grasp the situation and impose himself.

It was the same on day one when he sensed the need to get rid of the lower order, which had frustrated Pakistan in the second innings at Lord's and played a big hand in the eventual defeat. Immediately after tea he delivered successive unplayable deliveries to Steven Smith and Mitchell Johnson, knocking back the stumps on both occasions. Shane Warne called the Johnson dismissal the "ball of the series". Johnson had lined up to clip the ball, sailing full at his legs, before it swung late and hit the bottom of off stump. It was a stunning delivery.

Wasim Akram could manipulate such gems out of nowhere but mostly with the old ball. Aamer has the ability to dictate at all times in the contest. He gained seven wickets at Leeds, including his second-innings contribution of 4 for 86 off 27 overs.

It is not just his pro-active attitude that stands out. Aamer has the hunger and drive to answer the call of his captain whenever required. An over before the second new ball was up, Salman Butt waved at Aamer, asking him which end he would like to bowl from. Asif was inclined to operate from the Kirkstall Lane End but still wanted to check with Aamer. The youngster did not care and pointed to both sides.

On day two all of his nine overs came from the Kirkstall Lane End. This morning he turned the momentum Pakistan's way from the old Football Stand End. He is not fussy, just hungry.

When Waqar Younis joined the Pakistan team as the bowling consultant on the Australia tour last season he was apparently not happy at Aamer not getting the ball to swing into the batsman. He had not realised that the youngster had only made his international debut less than six months before at the World Twenty20 in England. Possibly the discerning eye in Waqar understood the amazing potential that Aamer has and was eager to let the youngster learn all the tricks quickly.

It is no surprise that six months later Aamer can swerve the ball both ways and with confidence. It was a skill that came to Akram after years of hard work, but Aamer's talent is innate. With time we will see more of his marvels. For now he has left Australia overwhelmed. England are next on the list.

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at Cricinfo

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  • Trashtalk on July 26, 2010, 20:29 GMT

    WELL DONE MUHAMMED AAMER you have made us all proud.. forget the haters.. you gave us something to cheer about the test matches after 15 years.

  • aukhan420 on July 26, 2010, 8:13 GMT

    @Arsalan Yasir..... check the scorecard pal...second test - day 1 - Australia first innings

  • A_n_a_s on July 25, 2010, 11:07 GMT

    Brilliant work by Aamer, I just hope and pray that hel stays for a longer period of time to prove himself a legendary bowler. I wonder why nobody noticed the confidence with which Salman Butt spoke during the post match ceremony, I mean this is the first time I've seen someone as articulate and confident after Imran Khan being a Pakistani Captain, way to go.... keep it up Salman, Aamer and rest of the team....and please stop advocating the return the of Yousuf and Younis now, even if they have left with 2 yrs of cricket, we need to play the young bunch, they'll cement their position in 2 yrs and can serve the team for good 10 yrs provided they're given enough support and chance from the selectors.!

  • splitterr on July 25, 2010, 10:34 GMT

    Aamir is like a bright star along with Asif. One has got pace and energy and the other has majestic line and lenght. Gul is a big contributer in keeping the pressure on and on. These trios are the best pace attcke of the world today . Hope they carry on there shine to Englan series as well

  • usaf_1975 on July 25, 2010, 5:49 GMT

    this is also wraning for England batting!!!!!

  • usaf_1975 on July 25, 2010, 5:47 GMT

    Thanks of ALLAH who give this victory to Pakistan with this kind of batting and bad planning. i think pakistani couches were sleeping during the match. why they send to umer amin at the ending time of the day three, they don't have any night watchman to servive the two overs. bad planning put pakistan almost another defeat. this match again reveal the planning of management and batting strength of team Pakistan who fight for 40 runs like 400 runs. if there is some consoling for team pakistan that is his bowling attack!!!

  • akasavani on July 25, 2010, 2:09 GMT

    Wow. Congrats Pakistan !!!

    With Aamer and Umar Akmal, anything less than world domination from Pakistan's cricket team will be a let down. I am Indian and a big fan of good cricket, and I will watch these two players like a hawk! Can't miss a second of these guys is action!!!

  • on July 24, 2010, 15:26 GMT

    The problem with India is that all that IPL money is going to their heads! As can be seen by their pathetic performance against Sri Lanka. I pray once again that no Pakistani gets picked up to play in the IPL next year because this is the only way they will continue to perform... People like Aamer actually make you want to watch test cricket and i was absolutely glued to my TV for the last 3 days because of this test match and Mohammed Aamer in particular.

  • on July 24, 2010, 13:23 GMT

    He is amazing and this young aged but I don't think we should start calling him a next Wasim Akram as yet. I think amir has still to learn how to bowl with the old bowl and specially how to wipe out the tailenders as we saw Australian tail wagged in the 2nd inning and even Amir was not able to get them out.Where as Wasim Akram was very good at finishing off the tail as well as getting top order batsmen out.

  • crictonite on July 24, 2010, 12:05 GMT

    @ Arsalan Yasir, the writer was referring to the first innings.

  • Trashtalk on July 26, 2010, 20:29 GMT

    WELL DONE MUHAMMED AAMER you have made us all proud.. forget the haters.. you gave us something to cheer about the test matches after 15 years.

  • aukhan420 on July 26, 2010, 8:13 GMT

    @Arsalan Yasir..... check the scorecard pal...second test - day 1 - Australia first innings

  • A_n_a_s on July 25, 2010, 11:07 GMT

    Brilliant work by Aamer, I just hope and pray that hel stays for a longer period of time to prove himself a legendary bowler. I wonder why nobody noticed the confidence with which Salman Butt spoke during the post match ceremony, I mean this is the first time I've seen someone as articulate and confident after Imran Khan being a Pakistani Captain, way to go.... keep it up Salman, Aamer and rest of the team....and please stop advocating the return the of Yousuf and Younis now, even if they have left with 2 yrs of cricket, we need to play the young bunch, they'll cement their position in 2 yrs and can serve the team for good 10 yrs provided they're given enough support and chance from the selectors.!

  • splitterr on July 25, 2010, 10:34 GMT

    Aamir is like a bright star along with Asif. One has got pace and energy and the other has majestic line and lenght. Gul is a big contributer in keeping the pressure on and on. These trios are the best pace attcke of the world today . Hope they carry on there shine to Englan series as well

  • usaf_1975 on July 25, 2010, 5:49 GMT

    this is also wraning for England batting!!!!!

  • usaf_1975 on July 25, 2010, 5:47 GMT

    Thanks of ALLAH who give this victory to Pakistan with this kind of batting and bad planning. i think pakistani couches were sleeping during the match. why they send to umer amin at the ending time of the day three, they don't have any night watchman to servive the two overs. bad planning put pakistan almost another defeat. this match again reveal the planning of management and batting strength of team Pakistan who fight for 40 runs like 400 runs. if there is some consoling for team pakistan that is his bowling attack!!!

  • akasavani on July 25, 2010, 2:09 GMT

    Wow. Congrats Pakistan !!!

    With Aamer and Umar Akmal, anything less than world domination from Pakistan's cricket team will be a let down. I am Indian and a big fan of good cricket, and I will watch these two players like a hawk! Can't miss a second of these guys is action!!!

  • on July 24, 2010, 15:26 GMT

    The problem with India is that all that IPL money is going to their heads! As can be seen by their pathetic performance against Sri Lanka. I pray once again that no Pakistani gets picked up to play in the IPL next year because this is the only way they will continue to perform... People like Aamer actually make you want to watch test cricket and i was absolutely glued to my TV for the last 3 days because of this test match and Mohammed Aamer in particular.

  • on July 24, 2010, 13:23 GMT

    He is amazing and this young aged but I don't think we should start calling him a next Wasim Akram as yet. I think amir has still to learn how to bowl with the old bowl and specially how to wipe out the tailenders as we saw Australian tail wagged in the 2nd inning and even Amir was not able to get them out.Where as Wasim Akram was very good at finishing off the tail as well as getting top order batsmen out.

  • crictonite on July 24, 2010, 12:05 GMT

    @ Arsalan Yasir, the writer was referring to the first innings.

  • on July 24, 2010, 11:57 GMT

    o wao. this man is realy realy very good when he bowls. but he should concentrate on his batting is well like helfanhause and steven smith. best of luck mr.aamir for your future.

  • Gr8Ali on July 24, 2010, 11:54 GMT

    yes thats the sprit keep it up.Pakistan Must have to win this game not only because we are lossing from ausis but also of the fact that how Rickey Pointing Critisize the Pakistan team After lossing the first test match and After the resigning of Afridi.I am not against of Aussis but they must have to learn how to give respect to others.

  • r1m2 on July 24, 2010, 11:45 GMT

    Mitchel Johnson can learn a thing or two about bowling with the left-arm from this young chap. Johnson's been amazingly inconsistent since the series in South Africa. He already seems like a faded star. Good for Aamer, he's really a brilliant bowler. He's guaranteed to get into some trouble as he is still a teenager, and with so much money that will come his way without much work from him, he will not remain so focused forever. But I just hope that he has the ability and strength of character to get back up from that phase in his life (which will surely hit him) to become a legend like Wasim Akram

  • on July 24, 2010, 11:41 GMT

    Better den Wasim :) he will ne da future of Fast Bowling :)

  • fareeds28 on July 24, 2010, 11:36 GMT

    Yeah aamir is a gift to pakistan cricket and it looks to me that this team has some deadly bowling line up with aamir and asif opening and gul later on . No other team has strong line up yes Australia has but they are not accurate as Pakistani bowlers are specially aamir with consistent pitching the bowl on rite area . AAMIR has long way to go lets see and i hope he contribute with his talent and he is the bowler look out for when ever Pakistan needs wickets

  • sobank on July 24, 2010, 11:35 GMT

    I like to say that one should thank the great heritage of fast bowlers in Pakistan. From Sarfraz Nawaz, the skill has been polished and passed on to next generation. Today what Aamer, Asif and Gul, has is concentrated knowledge of Sarfraz, Imran and W's.

    This is one thing about cricket. You will become lethal and stay lethal over decades, you need a torch carrier every generation. After W's, like his off the ground ethics or not, Shoaib Akhtar carried this fire alive. And now Aamir does. As a Pakistani I am very humbled by these gifts from God.

    Now God, all we need is a couple of batsmen. Can you drop a couple of those too......... plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

  • powinda on July 24, 2010, 11:14 GMT

    2ws kept world wondering for more than a decade. Now this trio of 2As and 1 g makes it (AAG)/(FIRE) IN Cricket erena. Ammir is a new vibrant sensation for pakistan cricket. The way he bowls he thrills. As its said speed thrills but kills. So do i agree. He is thrilling and killing.Best to luck to Amir and best of fortunes to Pakistan. Pakistan Paindabad

  • on July 24, 2010, 11:13 GMT

    Great stuff by the team, this is an joint effort which should be saluted. They still had to work hard to taste more victories, especially hard work from middle order.

  • Something_Witty on July 24, 2010, 10:37 GMT

    Why is nothing being made of Aamer and the ball-tampering incident? There is clear footage of him rubbing dirt into the ball to rough up one side of it. By my understanding of the rules, that is not on. Take nothing away from him, he's a brilliant young bowler, but words need to be had about it, as it could influence his career later on.

  • dmqi on July 24, 2010, 9:30 GMT

    Good bowling and excellent job by the bowlers but you need comparable quality batsmen. Azhar is definitely the find of this series. But Pak still needs a Capatin who has experience, records and authority to keep everything in control. With a right captain and couple of solid batsmen they can beat any team anywhere. I hope to see Pakistan can field a better team against England to have a real competitive test series. Let test match be done in 4 days and let test rule over hit or miss T20. This series have drawn attention from all over the world, good sign.

  • on July 24, 2010, 9:14 GMT

    To be very honest, when wasim and waqar came, they had the good fortune of playing under the captaincy of Imran, who may have taught alot of tricks of fast bowling, considering that, aamir may not have any such bowler playing with him, he seems much of a lone giant in the attack of pakistan. hope to get to see another similar amir in the attack. Then only we can safely say that Pakistan has found the two W's match!

  • on July 24, 2010, 8:58 GMT

    Pakistan come up with soo many good fast men but the team management need to take care of them.. same like australian and south african team. Besides Imran, Wasim akram and Waqur Younis.. no other Pakstani fast men served to the prime.. and its just not the talant and bowling form involved, its with team handling issues, bribes, decplinery actions, drugs ect. list is longer for those reason. Aamer is new.. need to use him wisely.. i hope captains and board dont make the same mistake they did with Akhtar by giving too much freedum at his best and get too many headaches at his worst. Treat players only in their form and Talant, Pakistan is great country for cricket, only best 11 players need to play the game with only consideration of skills and talant at that givien time.

  • ejsiddiqui on July 24, 2010, 8:39 GMT

    We have a great pace attack. Now this is the time we should expand our attack otherwise it would be difficult for these three to survive with too much workload.

  • Ali5258 on July 24, 2010, 8:29 GMT

    he's wonderFul fantasting fast bowler.He could be a lagend of swings bowling as Wasim Akram.Good AAMMER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on July 24, 2010, 8:09 GMT

    He is an extremely bright prospect for Pakistan. I just hope that he maintains his fitness and remains level headed. He is still a young boy and i am sure he will gain more pace as his body develops further making him even more dangerous for the batsman.

  • on July 24, 2010, 8:04 GMT

    Brilliant Aamer thinks on his feet

  • on July 24, 2010, 8:01 GMT

    @GANAPATHY JAYARAMAN & VALLAM,,,,,,,,,,, ISHANT SHARMA, RP SINGH & ZAHEER KHAN FORM A GREAT ATTACK BUT THE THING IS THAT INDIAN BOARD SHOULD PUT LESSER PRESSURE ON THEIR PLAYERS,,,,,, INDIAN BOARD, ALWAYS HAS TRIED TO PUT A BUSY SCHEDULE AS THEY WANT TO EARN MORE AND MORE MONEY..... SEE ISHANT SHARMA, RP SINGH & ZAHEER KHAN HAS ALWAYS BEEN IMPRESSIVE, BUT ALWAYS INJURY HIT,,,, WHEN INJURY IS THEIR, PLAYERS CANT CONCENTRATE ON THEIR LINE, LENGTH OR CAREER.... A REGULARLY SECURED MEMBER OF THE TEAM SHINES WITH BAT AND BOWL, AN IRREGULAR MEMBER OF THE SQUAD ALWAYS GETS FAILED EVEN HE'S ONE OF THE MOST TAILENTED PERSON LIKE IRFAN PATHAN,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

  • Zohaib_Hidayat on July 24, 2010, 7:46 GMT

    @ Arsalan Yasir...of course they were...in the first innings...

  • owaisvirani on July 24, 2010, 7:39 GMT

    It is a known fact that fast bowlers need a mentor for their positive development. Wasim and Waqar had Imran and West Indies had always passed the art to the next generation. Waqar is not playing but it is his responsibility to pass this sacred art to Aamer and Company. The conditions in Australia and England are bowling friendly especially for fast bowlers. His real test will be in batsmen friendly conditions in Sub-Continent (Lets hope he gets to play a test match in Pakistan) and their reverse swing will be required. He must build his body and gain muscle to face the tough times of long spells and keep away from Media and other issues which are the primary factory for current days fast bowler's decline

  • on July 24, 2010, 7:02 GMT

    yeah its true he is very talented & cleaver bowler and very quick learner ...... best of luck to him for bright future...

  • Azhar.Hassan on July 24, 2010, 6:59 GMT

    I hope that Aamir's career is handeled carefully by the team management. He is very young - the workload and the off the field part needs to be dealt with carefully. Mophammad Asif lost over a year due to disciplinary indiscretions and it seems Shoaib Akhtar an entire career due to behavior and overall attitude.

  • on July 24, 2010, 6:32 GMT

    Giys plz go on youtube and watch aamer's wickets against Johnson and smith... They were amazing!!!

  • on July 24, 2010, 6:27 GMT

    I personally feel Pakistan and India should play more together.It will benefit both teams.Pakistan can learn from Indian batting greats and similarly India can learn from one of best attack in the world.It will be a healthy competition and end result both teams will benefit from each other.You can saw many examples in past when both teams played series home and away Pakistan batting improved a lot and similarly Indian bowling improved.

  • on July 24, 2010, 6:22 GMT

    I remember Wasim Akram, single handedly picked out Aamir from a lot of fast bowlers tagging him as a young kid (he was 16 then) who had the potential to deliver on the big stage, and boy has he delivered.

    England, watchout!

  • on July 24, 2010, 6:18 GMT

    Arsalan Yasir, Smith and Johnson were indeed knocked out by Aamer in the first innings. Read the article carefully then write ur comments.

    Read this:

    It was the same on day one when he sensed the need to get rid of the lower order, which had frustrated Pakistan in the second innings at Lord's and played a big hand in the eventual defeat. Immediately after tea he delivered successive unplayable deliveries to Steven Smith and Mitchell Johnson, knocking back the stumps on both occasions. Shane Warne called the Johnson dismissal the "ball of the series". Johnson had lined up to clip the ball, sailing full at his legs, before it swung late and hit the bottom of off stump. It was a stunning delivery.

  • on July 24, 2010, 6:13 GMT

    Beautifully written Article.... I wish him for his bright and prolonged stay with Pakistan Team with the same fitness level and advanced skills.

  • Rawalion on July 24, 2010, 6:12 GMT

    the way he bowls the hunger for taking wickets shows when he is bowling another super fast bowler from the city of Rawalpindi in the past Mohammad Zahid & Shoaib Akhter and now Mohammad Amir keeeeeeeep going Rawalion ;)

  • Richamur on July 24, 2010, 6:01 GMT

    I am a die hard Sri Lankan fan but I have been following Pakistan's HOME tour of England very closely and i must say it is reaaaaaaally exciting to see an asian team trouble a team like Australia on foriegn soil.This kid is definitely the next big thing in the fast bowling circuit of international cricket, be it Test's, ODI's or 20Twentys.. Hopefully Mr. Waqar Younis will make sure this kid stays fit and learning all the time as Mr. Younis is the best person to help him grow being a mean and a smart fast bowler himself. It is going to be very interesting to see how the English batters will handle him and more importantly how he handles himself since its a 4 match series if am not mistaken. Good on you kiddo!!!!!!!!! People like you, Gul, Steyn, Morne and Lasith are the ones to make this decade a fast bowlers decade. I think cricket in the past decade have seen too much runs than wickets and emergence of quality fast bowlers will be key point if test cricket is going remain popular.

  • on July 24, 2010, 6:01 GMT

    well Amir is certainly more talented than Wasim Akram

    what needs to be seen now will he continue to keep his attitude and hardwork in line to achieve more than Akram

  • maddy20 on July 24, 2010, 5:44 GMT

    Whats with ponting falling to young seamers? First Pathan then Ishant now Aamer!

  • Nipun on July 24, 2010, 5:32 GMT

    I truly feel that this Pakistan attack of Mohammad Aamer,Mohammad Asif & Umar Gul is the best test pace attack currently on view.South Africa has Dale Steyn & Morne Morkel,but they don't have an equal 3rd pacer-I still believe Makhaya Ntini is the best option for the 3rd pacer.Mitchell Johnson,Doug Bollinger are good,so is Ben Hilfenhaus(a rare swing bowler)-but I honestly feel that Australia needs to find a place for Shaun Tait-the serious X factor with express pace(again,very rare nowadays).

  • on July 24, 2010, 5:23 GMT

    Nice article, but smith and johnson werent knocked by Aamir

  • Woody111 on July 24, 2010, 5:09 GMT

    This guy was so impressive in Aus and he's just continued on. I hope he doesn't go down the same road as Ishant Sharma who impressed but has gone AWOL. Pak have a bowler they can build an attack around and keep for 12 years. If Kaneria could be more consistent and Gul stop bowling so much rubbish and no-balls they could challenge anyone. Asif probably needs to right conditions but he's serviceable. Good luck to you Pak. It hurts to see my team beaten but you deserve the win. Just have a word to Butt about field placings please - he's as bad as Yousuf. Kamran Akmal has looked better behind the stumps and his brother is as talented as they come. Good signs for the future!

  • on July 24, 2010, 5:08 GMT

    Aamer is currently probably better and smarter than Wasim was at this stage. Note that I'm not talking about the actual Wasim Akram at his prime later on, I'm talking about when he began. This is exactly what Wasim said but some of the idiots in our country thought Wasim meant that Aamer is already better than him. I agree with Wasim in this one. Many people came up as bright stars but they all faded; this guy looks consistent.

  • Faizan-Ul-Haq-Fareedi on July 24, 2010, 5:01 GMT

    We are very Lucky that, Pak Produce so many talented Fast Bowlers like Aamer...

  • tksami on July 24, 2010, 4:56 GMT

    Both Amir and Asif are not built like fast bowlers and Amir he looks so thin. Maybe he should eat a little more and put in some weight. Wonder where does Pakistan come up with such great swing bowlers. With regards to the Australian batting they have developed a trick which is cover your stumps since 75% of LBW appeals are in given in favor the batsman,example Ponting was out on the first ball which was disallowed by the umpire. Finally I think that it was wrong of the Pakistan captain to send in Umar Amin instead he should have sent Akmal or shoieb Mallick as the nightwatchman. Umar Amin's dismissal send unnecessary shock waves.

  • on July 24, 2010, 4:24 GMT

    Yes areal talent. Todays era of diminishing fast bowling resources,this young guy is the hope.I love watch him bowling. Please dont let him go down by false admirations and advice as it happened to our Irfan pathan & Ishant Sharma.I hope this guy would light the world cricket by his majestic spells

  • on July 24, 2010, 4:17 GMT

    Muhammad Aamer needs to concentrate on improving his abilities and skills and I hope he doesn't follow his seniors(their off the pitch dramas). Keep rocking Aamer..!!

  • on July 24, 2010, 4:03 GMT

    He is our new WAsim Akram. Pakistan Zindabad

  • Aussasinator on July 24, 2010, 4:00 GMT

    He's a genuine matchwinner who sorts out batsmen. Now if only Pakistan had one more proper batsman in their side apart from the opening pair ! Aamer's efforts would not go in vain then.

  • dpkhbk on July 24, 2010, 3:59 GMT

    one thing :aamer is not wasim akram.wasim akram has been the best bowler of the past twenty years of cricket followed by ambrose.but one thing has been proved beyond doubt here:johnson is overhyped. he needs pitches in aus and southafrica to help with bounce with his back of length erratic bowling.

  • khashoo on July 24, 2010, 3:25 GMT

    Amir is just awesome! May Allah bless him with more success and Pakistan team too.

  • Vallam on July 24, 2010, 3:21 GMT

    To my Pakistan Friends, Give 1 Get 3 offer Can we trade our Ishant Sharma / RP Singh any one of your bowlers of your choice for Aamer

  • on July 24, 2010, 3:17 GMT

    To my Pakistan Friends, Can we trade our Ishant Sharma / RP Singh any one of your bowlers of your choice for Aamer

  • on July 24, 2010, 3:03 GMT

    Ever since his debut i am observing fast bowler Aamer, he seems to have all the quality to become one of the great fast bowler. Good luck Aamer

  • Desihungama on July 24, 2010, 2:52 GMT

    Pakistan, Welcome back to IPL. (wink*) The 4th edition is going to be very colorful. (smiles*).

  • Himayun on July 24, 2010, 2:27 GMT

    With all the self inflicted problems in Pakistan cricket, Aamer is the only light at the end of a long tunnel. There are no two opinions about his ability and talent. All he needs is some physical strength and training. It is not every day that a star is born and Aamer is absolutely an example of a great fast bowler in the making. The tour of England and English conditions always separate men from boys, especially the batsmen. While the most experienced of Pakistani batsmen Shoaib Malik, kept exposing Pakistani tail to the Australian fast bowlers in the first innings. A debutant Steve Smith did just the opposite when batting against Pakistan. Not only he took the fight to Pakistan but brought his country to a respectable position where they had a real chance to make a match out of it. I was surprised at Malik's tactics to take singles and expose precious Pakistani bowlers. We were lucky that nobody got hurt and Pakistan is still in the game with upper hand.

    Himayun Mirza, USA

  • nauman421 on July 24, 2010, 1:55 GMT

    Absolute brilliance brilliance from an 18 yr old. The only concern is that how Pakistan will take care of this prodigy. He is special and should be treated as one. The areas where he lacks are yorkers and slower balls and i hope Waqar would have noticed this.

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on July 24, 2010, 1:31 GMT

    Great young talent and another reason to watch test cricket. 1st Dale Steyn of his generation and now it will be great to see if Amir of his generation (note he is playing alot earlier than most of his generation) can scale the heights as well. Amir's emergence has really helped to put bowling back on the scene, proving that bowlers too are crucial to the entertainment of cricket! He is fast becoming 1 of my favorite players and he has what it takes. I hope he kicks on from here and has a great career. Special mention as well for Asif who has returned well and who's presence is really allowing Amir to bowl as well as he is.

  • Ashu123 on July 24, 2010, 1:27 GMT

    lets not get carried away. he definitely is on of the most talented youngster in the world if not the most talented. but do not put too much pressure on him. i sure wish india had some one like though.

  • on July 24, 2010, 1:25 GMT

    Great talent! We shouldn't talk big and claim him as great as Wasim Akram, but he is true talent and will prove great bowler in future

  • here2rock on July 24, 2010, 1:13 GMT

    I wish India had fast bowlers of quality. Good luck Pakistan today, get over the line!

  • Joji_ on July 24, 2010, 0:28 GMT

    Aameer has been one of the brightest colour for sure for Pakistan in this series. Watching him bowl is just amazing. Not only the his control over the cricket ball is impressive but the net he casts over the batsmen leaves me awestruck. Out of context here but Indians 'pathetic' seamers definitely can learns a thing or two from the young gun.

  • on July 24, 2010, 0:20 GMT

    i just hope he doesnt get injured by over bowling him

  • on July 23, 2010, 23:21 GMT

    Aamer is lucky to be playing for a Pakistani team with mentors. That is exactly how Wasim and Waqar emerged, if there was no Imran Khan then Wasim in particular would never become one of the greatest fast bowlers ever to play the game. Similarly Gul has been at his best when Waqar Younis has been coaching, it was in 2006 that Gul became a major threat with the old ball. Aamer is playing at a time when Pakistan has one of the two best swing bowlers of all time as their coach and a very very intelligent pace bowler in Asif as a colleague, as long as these guys hold up Aamer can only get better.

  • Ackhmed on July 23, 2010, 23:05 GMT

    Aamer is best bowler to come out of Pakistan since Wasim and Waqar but this test match has been more of a tv drama then a test match. The first day the crowd is hooked by Australia's collapse and ends with Pakistan losing its top order, leaving the crowd confused and addicted to find out what happens next. Day 2 begins and Pakistan looks like they will take the test away but somehow Shane Watson comes into the scene and runs through Pakistan. At the end of the Day Ponting and Clarke put Australia in such a position that it looks almost like Australia will once again take a test match away from Pakistan. Then Mohammad Aamer becomes the star of Day 3 and all of a sudden Australia is out for 349. With Farhat and Ali ending this drama come close to putting it away before Bollingers' heroics put Australia back into this show. So now lets see what happens next on Day 4. There should be a commercial made out of this test match in my opinion.Test matches will never die. - Ahmed P.

  • Bukhari on July 23, 2010, 22:49 GMT

    Aamer is great bowler in making. He surely has the talent and intent to emulate Wasim Akram provided he is well taken care of by PCB. He is very young and too much load on him will risk his body. There is a need to properly utilise his services and prevent a non-stop cricket. He has bamboozled the best Aus batsmen i.e. Ponting & Clarke which shows he is gem of a bowler and distined for great heights in his career. Wish you all the best Aamer

  • on July 23, 2010, 22:41 GMT

    Nagraj, you write very good and impertial article and I like your article.

  • wkhawaja on July 23, 2010, 22:41 GMT

    what a find for PK bowling. it was high time too! hope he stays healthy and on his feet!

  • on July 23, 2010, 22:41 GMT

    He is destined to be great. No doubt he will become the new superstar.

  • on July 23, 2010, 22:35 GMT

    yes!!! you are absolutely rite. he is a true natural talent, over the time he'll learn more and will be the best and dangerous bowler of the cricketing world.

  • Priyank on July 23, 2010, 22:21 GMT

    Cricket is dying with decline of fast bowlers. Fast bowlers like you are the only hope for better contests in future.

    Go Aamer

  • on July 23, 2010, 21:34 GMT

    Brilliant Bowler.. i switch on my Tv just to see him Bowl.. English conditions have been paradise for Wasim and Waqar.. and its same with Aamer..

  • on July 23, 2010, 21:33 GMT

    I am an Indian fan 100% but honestly after what I have seen of Aamer/Asif and Gul...I am praying to god that Pakistan wins this test match..Fantastic bowling by this three and dare to say probably the world's deadliest trio of fast bowling is emerging...Well done Pakistan...but keep up the good work against England as well...

  • on July 23, 2010, 21:22 GMT

    Aamer surprised everyone with his beautiful deliveries especially wicket taking balls. Smith, Johnson and Katich were bowled by amazing deliveries... lot of best wishes for this talented youngster...

  • on July 23, 2010, 21:19 GMT

    Aamir is a great prospect, not only for Pakistan but also for the world cricket. This game need exciting fast bowlers to end batsman domination!

  • on July 23, 2010, 21:09 GMT

    Waqar Younis' positive effect on the bowling unit is there for all to see. He was an immensely gifted fast bowler in his day and together with Aaqib Javed, has proven to be a great mentor as well. With Mushy showing his brilliance in the England camp, I wonder if Saeed Anwar would ever be back in a batting coach role?? :) .... Sterling generation of crickets hopefully are inspiring a new breed of Pakistani talent ... raw, unpredictable but very Pakistani :) ....

  • maddy7869 on July 23, 2010, 21:06 GMT

    Well Aamir is indeed a diamond in the rough for now but still shining .... He has given us alot to talk about and will do for many a years to come as well.... What he needs to do is get some strength in his frail physique..... as other wise he would end up like Mohammad Zahid who also had a weak frame..... But I think the amount of cricket played these days ....Aamir would need to bulk up a bit so he would be able to generate more pace and swing and would last more.... as he plays tests,ODIs and T20s as well .... I wish Aamir the best of luck for the future and being a pakistani fan I would say he would surpass both Wasim and Waqar in skill and records both ......

  • on July 23, 2010, 21:01 GMT

    "in front of a 5,000-strong crowd" Realli? That's so sad.. even though its in a neutral country.. this is realli realli sad for Test cricket :(

  • on July 23, 2010, 20:49 GMT

    It seems that the bowling combination is complete with the trio------amir + asif + umar. Now what is left, is the batting combinations. I think younis+yousaf, both have a couple of years left in them, so we must not waste the time and get them back into the team. After them, its all about talent and the new players, AND lets not forget the new captain.

  • on July 23, 2010, 20:44 GMT

    Thank you Aamer and tons of thank u's for Afridi for sparing test cricket from more embarrassment

  • on July 23, 2010, 20:30 GMT

    England is next in the list

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  • on July 23, 2010, 20:30 GMT

    England is next in the list

  • on July 23, 2010, 20:44 GMT

    Thank you Aamer and tons of thank u's for Afridi for sparing test cricket from more embarrassment

  • on July 23, 2010, 20:49 GMT

    It seems that the bowling combination is complete with the trio------amir + asif + umar. Now what is left, is the batting combinations. I think younis+yousaf, both have a couple of years left in them, so we must not waste the time and get them back into the team. After them, its all about talent and the new players, AND lets not forget the new captain.

  • on July 23, 2010, 21:01 GMT

    "in front of a 5,000-strong crowd" Realli? That's so sad.. even though its in a neutral country.. this is realli realli sad for Test cricket :(

  • maddy7869 on July 23, 2010, 21:06 GMT

    Well Aamir is indeed a diamond in the rough for now but still shining .... He has given us alot to talk about and will do for many a years to come as well.... What he needs to do is get some strength in his frail physique..... as other wise he would end up like Mohammad Zahid who also had a weak frame..... But I think the amount of cricket played these days ....Aamir would need to bulk up a bit so he would be able to generate more pace and swing and would last more.... as he plays tests,ODIs and T20s as well .... I wish Aamir the best of luck for the future and being a pakistani fan I would say he would surpass both Wasim and Waqar in skill and records both ......

  • on July 23, 2010, 21:09 GMT

    Waqar Younis' positive effect on the bowling unit is there for all to see. He was an immensely gifted fast bowler in his day and together with Aaqib Javed, has proven to be a great mentor as well. With Mushy showing his brilliance in the England camp, I wonder if Saeed Anwar would ever be back in a batting coach role?? :) .... Sterling generation of crickets hopefully are inspiring a new breed of Pakistani talent ... raw, unpredictable but very Pakistani :) ....

  • on July 23, 2010, 21:19 GMT

    Aamir is a great prospect, not only for Pakistan but also for the world cricket. This game need exciting fast bowlers to end batsman domination!

  • on July 23, 2010, 21:22 GMT

    Aamer surprised everyone with his beautiful deliveries especially wicket taking balls. Smith, Johnson and Katich were bowled by amazing deliveries... lot of best wishes for this talented youngster...

  • on July 23, 2010, 21:33 GMT

    I am an Indian fan 100% but honestly after what I have seen of Aamer/Asif and Gul...I am praying to god that Pakistan wins this test match..Fantastic bowling by this three and dare to say probably the world's deadliest trio of fast bowling is emerging...Well done Pakistan...but keep up the good work against England as well...

  • on July 23, 2010, 21:34 GMT

    Brilliant Bowler.. i switch on my Tv just to see him Bowl.. English conditions have been paradise for Wasim and Waqar.. and its same with Aamer..