Lancashire Teen on the brink of England debut
Teenaged opener Haseeb Hameed looks set to make his England debut against Bangladesh after a patient half-century against a BCB XI in a warmup game over the weekend.
The 19-year-old has enjoyed a brilliant County Championship season and is touted by many as a long term solution to England’s Test opening woes.
Since the retirement of Andrew Strauss England have struggled to find a regular partner for Alastair Cook up front, but the calm temperment of the youngster has many excited.
England’s assistant coach Paul Farbrace said of Hameed: “We’re all excited to see what Haseeb can do out here.
“To get a hundred in both innings against Yorkshire in County Championship cricket, he can play.
“But you never know until people play international cricket whether they’ve got the right mental make up to cope with it.
“The majority of the time your technique is not in doubt, it’s everything else.
“There’s more cameras, more reporters, more people watching, more interest, more pressure. It’s a goldfish bowl and the people who cope with it and learn quickly are the people who make a success of international cricket.
“Joe Root is a great example for the young fella to watch and see how he’s developed from someone who not that long ago was batting number six for Yorkshire and is now batting three for England and rated as one of the best players in the world.
“He’s got a great role model to copy, watch and learn from but the important thing is he needs to play his way.”
Hameed looks set to beat competition from another uncapped youngster Ben Duckett but the Northants star could very well slot into the middle-order and make his debut as well.
Duckett said of Hameed: “We both know our games well and I think Has could just bat for days and he’d be happy.
“He’s not fussed about whacking it and going at whatever rate. So he’s very happy.”
The first Test between England and Bangladesh gets underway on October 20 in Chittagong.
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