Australia’s former batting maestro, Michael Hussey has praised Pakistan’s left-arm pacer, Mohammad Amir and has called him an ‘outstanding talent’.
“He’s (Amir) an outstanding talent,” Hussey told cricket.com.au. “I know he’s been through a lot in a short career really, but I’m personally happy to see him back playing international cricket. I feel like he’s done his time and he’s a class bowler.”
Mohammad Amir destroyed Cricket Australia XI’s top order during the day/night warm up match on Thursday, he took three wickets in his two overs before the end of day 1.
The batting legend believes that the 24-year old bowls brilliantly with the new ball as well as with an older ball.
“Again, he’s someone that bowls extremely well with the new ball but is also very good with the old ball as well,” said Hussey. “He’s highly skilled, along with some of their other left-armers, so it’s going to be a great contest between bat and ball,” he said.
Michael Hussey, who is also known as Mr. Cricket in the cricket fraternity, had faced a the young Amir before he was suspended for being involved in match fixing scandal. The 41-year old stated that Pakistan have always produced unbelievable talented players and the left-arm pacer was definitely one of them.
“We’ve always thought that the Pakistanis have amazingly talented players,” he said. “They always seem to come onto the scene and you think, ‘Wow, this guy’s unbelievable’, and Mohammad Amir was no different. He was young, talented, keen to do well, passionate sort of guy.”
Hussey recalled that Amir had always challenged them in the middle and he hopes that the talented fast bowler will come back ‘bigger and better’.
“He just kept running in hard all day being young and fresh. He certainly gave us a good battle out there. It was a shame he had to go through that tough period but hopefully he comes back bigger and better,” he stated.
Mr. Cricket named Australia as the clear favourites to win the three-match test series. But, similar to a number of Pakistani legends, he also thinks that Pakistan have got a chance to upset Australia in their backyard.
“Of course they can,” replied the batting legend on a question regarding Pakistan’s chances on winning the series, “Australia is going to have something to say about that though, and we’ve got a great record in Australia.”
However, he coined the day/night test as the key to win the series, “A day-night Test at the Gabba is going to be challenging for both teams, and so it’ll be interesting to see which team can make the adjustments and adapt to those conditions quicker. The first Test of any series is always really important, so if you can get off to a winning start, whether it be Australia or Pakistan, then you’ve got the confidence to move forward.”
“So, whoever wins that first one, will have a huge advantage going into the rest of the series. I can’t wait – you can’t pick it – but I think it’s going to be a greatly contested series,” he added.