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Amir warned: expect hostile crowds in UK

England skipper Alastair Cook says he expects the home fans to climb into Pakistan pace bowler Mohammad Amir … and he's totally ok with that

England captain Alastair Cook has warned Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir he can expect a hostile reception from home crowds this summer.

And Cook is perfectly fine with fans targeting Amir following his conviction for spot-fixing during the Lord's Test on Pakistan's 2010 tour, saying the fast bowler must live with it.

"I'm sure there will be a reaction, and that is right," Cook told reporters.

"It is part and parcel: when you do something like that there are more consequences than just the punishment. 

"That is something for him to cope with, whatever comes his way."

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There is little sympathy for Amir and Pakistan in the England dressing room, with Stuart Broad this week detailing how he was still bitter that his sole Test century in the 2010 Lord's Test had been overshadowed by the spot-fixing scandal.

"Of course it annoys me that that game will always be connected with what went on. Lord's is the home of cricket. It's a wonderful place to play and that Test match will always be remembered for the wrong reasons," Broad told the Mail on Sunday.

"It was my best-ever innings, my only Test century and coming in tough circumstances as well. It was a good battle and I'll never forget the feeling I got running through for that hundred.

"From what we know, the three Pakistan players weren't actually fixing the game as a whole — a no-ball doesn't affect if I hit a four or not — so I can still look back with a lot of pride on scoring that hundred. But of course it was tarnished by what happened."

Broad and Cook have both said they believe anyone convicted of any fixing should be handed an automatic life ban, but both have also said they have no issue with Amir playing in the forthcoming series.

"Whether I agreed or disagreed with the punishment, he got it, served his time and he is absolutely right to come back," Cook said.

"You'd have to speak to him. What he did wasn't good but he served his punishment then. The ICC haven't made any big statements, but if I was in charge, if you got caught once that would be it — one strike and you're out."

Media attention surrounding Amir's return "to the scene of the crime" has been high, with the fast bowler's every move watched and name mentioned in every press conference.

But for Cook and the England team, the machinations of the Fleet Street machine and intense spotlight it brings are nothing new.

"Whatever Test match you are playing in, there is always something off the field, whether it is political or something like this," Cook said.

"It won't affect us as a side. We will concentrate on what we can concentrate on."

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