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Amir sledging unlikely: Pakistan skipper

AAP logoAAP 14/12/2016 Laine Clark

Mental disintegration might once have been the Australian cricket team's main weapon of choice.

But Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq does not expect sledging to be a problem this summer for left-arm quick Mohammad Amir after his spot-fixing ban.

Amir received a five-year suspension from cricket and three months in jail for accepting bribes for bowling no-balls at Lord's in 2010.

What awaited him on his return to international cricket in January 2016 was arguably just as punishing.

On his first international tour since his ban, Amir was left shaken by a taunting New Zealand public.

Fans waved dollar notes at him as he bowled in a one-dayer.

Even a Wellington ground announcer decided to get into the act, playing a cash register sound affect during one of Amir's spells in a T20 international.

The stage is set for more crowd hijinks in this week's first Test after a pool bar was installed at the Gabba for the first time.

But after the Barmy Army showed mercy in July's tour of England, Misbah didn't expect trouble for his reformed quick Down Under.

The Pakistan skipper said he had also been encouraged by crowd behaviour last month on their Test return to New Zealand.

"I don't think we have any problems with that (sledging)," he said.

"We thought it could be worse in England and be very difficult for him but the tour went very well for him and most of the crowd was supportive.

"There wasn't any problems and, even in New Zealand, we didn't face any problems with Mohammad Amir.

"He did okay and the crowd was not rash or something like that."

Even Amir's teammates didn't warm to him at first.

Mohammad Hafeez and Azhar Ali publicly protested Amir's return last December to the Pakistan squad.

However, tensions have since eased in the Pakistan squad to the extent that Hafeez in January advised security that Kiwi spectators had been jeering Amir.

Amir has revelled in the acceptance, taking 25 wickets in his eight Tests since his international return.

And it seems he has also earned back Australia's respect.

Asked if Amir would be sledged, Aussie quick Josh Hazlewood said: "No, I don't think so - we respect him as a bowler.

"The way he has come back the last six months has been amazing.

"It's quite a unique story. No one else has really been in his shoes.

"(But) we treat him like everybody else.

"He's one to watch for us."

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