Going back to 2009, Muhammad Amir had arrived on the Australian shores, where he took on a much different side and made an outstanding impression on both his team mates and the crowd.
However, a year later, that was 2010, Amir was among three Pakistani players convicted of spot fixing in the series as he deliberately bowled no-balls to specific points in the match.
This thus led to a suspension being placed on him by the ICC to last for five years. He was also sent to jail by the English Judges having been found guilty of indulging in corrupt practices.
It is 2016, and a different Amir, with his suspension period over. However, his pace and determination still remains as much as it was or might have even improved.
In a tour match played against the Cricket Australia XI this week in Cairns, Amir made sure to send a subtle curt warning to the Australian batsmen as he ensured he made good use of a brutal spell of fast bowling to destroy the CA XI batsmen, and finish with 3/15 from his 10 overs, one which has been acclaimed to be economical.
Last time Amir was in Australia, Michael Hussey had been one of those that had faced the 24 year old thunderbolts. And he believes that Amir has done well to redeem himself after his rocky past.
Hussey was also of the notion that he would cause the Australian batsmen a lot of problems next week at Gabba.
“He’s an outstanding talent,” Hussey said in an interview with 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.”