Haseeb Hameed hints at Test return with a brilliant 110 run knock
Hameed looked absolutely spot on with his defensive strokes and was as solid as ever.
by Soham Author
Published - Jul 19, 2017 2:34 pm | Updated - Jul 19, 2017 2:34 pm
20-year-old English talent Haseeb Hameed has rung the bell on the door of the English selectors once again. With the English top order failing miserably in the second Test against South Africa, Haseeb Hameed has announced his availability in outstanding fashion.
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It has been around about 7 months since the prolific talent survived a gruelling Indian Test and averaged an impressive 43.80 from his first three Test matches which included 2 half centuries. Unfortunately for the batsman, he had to be sent back home midway due to an injured little finger.
Considering his first class average of just 17.15 this season, Hameed was left out of the England squad for the first two Tests against South Africa. But the batsman stormed back to form as he scored a 205 ball century when Lancashire 2nd XI took on MCC Young Cricketers at Urmston Cricket Club. He stood like a rock at the crease for 5 hours to register an 110 run knock.
There were hardly any people in the crowd as the seats were absolutely empty. The total strength at the stadium struggled to reach the three figures which are nothing compared to the massive 28,000 present in Rajkot, India during Hameed’s introduction to Test cricket. But that was not a concern for the rising star and he was flawless in his approach.
Hameed looked absolutely spot on with his defensive strokes and was as solid as ever. Hameed gelled brilliantly with West Indian legend Shivnarine Chanderpaul and stood there like a brick wall which became a headache for the bowlers.
Hammed looked packed with the confidence that is needed to stabilise the English top order right now after their horrific 340 run defeat against the South Africans. Sources close to Hameed revealed that Hameed’s lack of form was due to his low confidence after the injury to his little finger.