Haseeb Hameed to become England’s youngest opener in Test Cricket

 Nineteen-year-old Haseeb Hameed will become the second teenager to play test cricket for England since 1949.

The young Lancashire opening batsmen will make his England debut against India in the opening test in Rajkot tomorrow.

Hameed will also become the first Lancashire opening batsmen to represent England since Mike Atherton played his final test in 2001.

The youngster carved his way in to the Lancashire first team this summer and was quick to make a name for himself in domestic cricket. Hameed scored 1,129 runs at an average of 49.91 in the County Championship Division One, and was called up to the test tour of Bangladesh but has yet to be given his first England cap.

To accommodate Hameed, Ben Duckett will move down to 4 in the batting order, while Gary Ballance is dropped from the team after scoring just 24 runs in four innings against Bangladesh.

England captain Alastair Cook said: “We have all been hugely impressed with the way Haseeb has gone about his business on this tour. Nothing seems to faze him.”

Cook also made his debut for England in India, during a test in Nagpur in 2006 aged 21 and has since gone on to score 10,688 Test runs for his country. He said: “I remember how hard it was and I was nowhere near the player he (Hameed) was at 19. It’s really exciting”.

Hameed joins a long list of Cook’s opening partners since Andrew Strauss and the England selectors have yet to find a solid replacement for the ex-England skipper.

Compared to greats such as Geoffrey Boycott and Rahul Dravid, all eyes will be on the Bolton youngster when he steps on the field in an England shirt for the first time.

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