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01-01-2010, 01:14 AM #1
Aamer reminds me of myself : Waqar
Highly impressed by the young pace sensation Mohammed Aamer's performance in the first Test against Australia, which Pakistan lost by 171 runs, Pakistan's bowling coach Waqar Younis has said Aamer reminds him of himself.
Waqar said he saw many similarities between the 17-year-old fast bowler and himself.
"Yes the headband, that's for sure, when I first came in I always used to wear the headband. Of course, he is very young which is a plus, and he's got all the energy. He can bowl quick, he's got good rhythm, he's got things going for him. He'll learn more over time. I think he needs about a year or two, and he'll be a real threat," The Sydney Morning quoted Waqar, as saying.
Waqar, however, said Aamer needs to some more flesh on his body following which he could spell trouble for world's best batsmen.
"He should keep himself fit, which is very important. He is very skinny, I think he needs some meat on him and once he gets stronger, I think he can go a long way, certainly," he said after the teenager took 5-79 at the MCG during Australia's second innings.
Australian all-rounder Shane Watson, who had an on-field altercation with Aamer, also praised the young seamer and admitted that he had a tough time negotiating his ferocious deliveries during his maiden century.
"It was definitely very difficult to start, there's no doubt, especially with Aamer bowling the way he was," Watson said.
"He's an extremely good bowler. It's amazing that he's only 17, because the pace that he bowls, the skill that he has, he's able to get the ball to move both ways, he's got a slower ball, he's got a good bouncer, and he keeps charging in too," he added.
Aamer troubled most of the Aussie batsmen at the MCG. He bowled quick and generated speeds upto 152 km per hour during his spell and also moved the ball in both directions.
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