Mohammad Amir takes five wickets for Championship leaders Essex

LONDON: Mohammad Amir the left-arm fast bowler of Pakistani took five for 18 as English County Championship leader Essex had the better of the opening day in a First Division experience away to Yorkshire at Scarborough on Sunday.

The left-arm quick bowler’s initial ‘five-for’ for Essex in simply his second Championship coordinate was instrumental in Yorkshire being skittled out for a small 113.

Essex finished the main day on 188 for five, a lead of 75 runs, with Chief Ryan ten Doeschate 61 not out.

Amir, talking subsequent to joining Essex following his Champions Trophy crusade, demanded in June that he had no issues with his new colleague.

“I met him the main day when I arrived and he was extremely pleasant,” said Amir of Cook.

“No (there are no issues between us), nothing. He’s constantly pleasant and constantly exceptionally strong.”