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Who is Haseeb Hameed?

 

Lancashire CCC youngster is set for an England call-up for the winter Test series in Bangladesh and India

 

by Hassan Cheema


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Lancashire youngster Haseeb Hameed is set to be handed his England debut this winter.

Coach Trevor Bayliss has confirmed England may be about to replace Alex Hales as Alastair Cook's latest opening partner for this winter's Test series in Bangladesh and India.

And 19-year-old former Bolton School pupil Hameed, who has had a stunning breakthrough year opening the batting for Lancashire in the Specsavers County Championship, has been earmarked as his replacement.

England selector James Whitaker and director of cricket for the England team Andrew Strauss were at Emirates Old Trafford last week to watch Hameed in action for the Red Rose against Somerset.

And he seemed to impress, with Bayliss confirming he is in contention for the trip to Bangladesh and India this winter.

Asked if another change at the top of the order may be in the offing when England name their squad, Bayliss said: "Possibly."There have been some young players making some runs, who are coming into calculations - which is very exciting.

"That's obviously one of the talking points around the selection table."Hameed, who has been coached by his Indian-born dad Ismail as he worked his way through the age groups at Emirates Old Trafford, has 1,129 runs in Division One this summer, with four hundreds at an average of almost 54 and has been breaking records all year.

The opener, who many have compared to Geoff Boycott given his reluctance to give his wicket away, has faced a staggering 2,858 balls in the Championship this season - more than anyone else.

He is the first teenage opener to score four Championship centuries in a season and the youngest player in first-class history to score two in a match - which he did so against bitter rivals Yorkshire.

"If he's good enough, he's old enough. I wouldn't have any problem (picking him)," added Bayliss of Hameed, who has an average of 54 this season with four centuries and seven half-centuries.

Hameed made his Lancashire debut last season when Red Rose head coach made the decision not to offer established opener Paul Horton a new contract and instead give the former England Under-19 skipper his chance in the final four matches of the Division Two promotion-winning campaign. He signed a four-year deal with Lancashire in February.

At the time, Giles thought Hameed may be looking at an England call-up in four years' time, but admitted after an impressive season that it will probably come sooner than that.

Courtsey manchestereveningnews.co.uk