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Sore Amir expected to play Boxing Day Test

AAP logoAAP 22/12/2016 Michael Ramsey

Pakistan expect a bruised and stiff Mohammad Amir to be available for the Boxing Day Test.

Amir was taken from the field on a motorised stretcher during last week's first Test after digging his knee into the Gabba turf.

The left-arm quick appeared in agony but made a surprise return a short time later and continued to bowl.

Amir had his knee strapped before a light bowling session in the nets at the MCG on Thursday.

He also sported a large bruise on his thigh, courtesy of a 152.3km/h full toss from Mitchell Starc on day four at the Gabba.

"There's quite a bit of bruising on his thigh," Pakistan batting coach Grant Flower said.

"He's feeling a bit stiff but he's alright.

"I think the guys are fit enough to go through (five days). I think our attack will probably be the same.

"We don't have that allrounder (option). It's one of those things. The guys are just going to have get through it."

Tensions between Amir and Starc had been simmering throughout the innings before the delivery, which led to a heated exchange between the pair.

"There was just a bit of banter going on. Just the usual," Flower said.

"I don't think there was anything over the top. There were a couple of strong words exchanged but that's part of the game."

Flower is hoping the confidence inspired by Pakistan's remarkable fourth-innings comeback at the Gabba will lead to a more well-rounded performance from his batsmen.

The visitors had plenty of contributors in their second dig but it was left to wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed to fight a lone hand in the first.

Flower expects classy veteran Younis Khan to lead the way, despite throwing away his wicket on 65 with an ill-judged attempted reverse sweep to Nathan Lyon at a critical juncture on day three.

"As a coach, if you applaud guys when they play certain shots, then you've got to be careful how you go about it when they get out playing the same shot," Flower said.

"He's getting into better positions. I think today he had his best net practice for ages and he looked brilliant."

The tourists are also hoping for a better performance from skipper Misbah ul-Haq after the 42-year-old failed with the bat in both innings in Brisbane.

"He is going through a bit of a trot but he's been through these periods before and he's a class player," Flower said.

"He's got the mental strength and resilience to come back and I'm sure a good innings is just around the corner."

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