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Amir glad to escape `tough` England tour unscathed

Johannesburg [South Africa], Sept.13: Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir has admitted that he heaved a sigh of relief after escaping the tour to England relatively unscathed, as he described the tour to be `one of the toughest exams` of his life.

The tour also marked Amir's return to the Test cricket at Lord's after a five-year ban for spot-fixing, the crime which he had committed at the same venue six years ago.

The 24-year-old showcased a decent performance on his return at the 'Home of Cricket' ,claiming three wickets overall, including the last one of the gripping clash, which Pakistan won by 75 runs.

Admitting that there was a lot of media hype and pressure around him during the course of the tour, the left-hander said that he was relieved to overcome the same with the support of his team and fans, Sport24 reported.

Amir said that he had expected a potential backlash from English spectators, but expressed that he was amazed to see the cheers from the crowd when he entered the field at the Lord's.

While insisting that England players were also equally supportive, the Pakistan pacer revealed that Moeen Ali had advised him during the tour to forget his sordid past and concentrate on the future. (ANI)