Pakistan's Amir gets lukewarm reception on return to Lord's

LORD’S: Mohammad Amir got a muted reception at Lord's on the second day of the first test on Friday as he bowled for the first time in a test since being banned for spot-fixing.

The left-handed pace bowler, who served half of a six-month prison sentence and was banned for five years for deliberately bowling no-balls against England at the same ground in 2010, was unlucky not to mark his first spell back with a wicket.


He was treated to a few shouts of 'no-ball' from the crowd after his first delivery, but his return to Pakistan's bowling attack otherwise passed largely without incident.

Cook rode his luck at times and was fortunate to survive being dropped by Mohammad Hafeez in the seventh over to deny Amir a wicket on his return.

Root chipped in with five boundaries of his own to reach 23 and help steer England to 64 for one at lunch.