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Hameed set to make England Lions bow

Hameed set to make England Lions bow

Haseeb Hameed will make his England Lions debut in Sri Lanka this weekend – more than two months after his exciting introduction to Test cricket was cut short by a broken finger.

The Lancashire opener, who will also be beginning his post-teenage career after turning 20 last month, has now recovered from the injury he sustained in Mohali in late November – when he defied the pain to hit an unbeaten 59 in the second innings, giving him 219 runs at a healthy average of almost 44 in his first, brief taste of the international game.

Hameed is set to open for the first time with Keaton Jennings, who took his place as Alastair Cook’s opening partner for the remaining two Tests of the series in India – and will also be making his first-class debut for the Lions, although the tall Durham left-hander did lead the team in two List A matches against the United Arab Emirates before his senior call-up last November.

“It’s an exciting squad to be part of, and I’m looking forward to getting back out there,” said Hameed, who started hitting balls seriously again at the Lions pre-tour camp at the National Performance Centre in Loughborough last month.

“It’s pretty unusual I guess to make your Test debut before your Lions debut. But Lions cricket is designed to bridge the gap between the county game and internationals, and I’m expecting first-class cricket against Sri Lanka A to be highly challenging.”

“It’s pretty unusual I guess to make your Test debut before your Lions debut. But Lions cricket is designed to bridge the gap between the county game and internationals, and I’m expecting first-class cricket against Sri Lanka A to be highly challenging.”

Hameed may have leapfrogged the Lions as a result of his stunning breakthrough summer with Lancashire in 2016, but he is no stranger to England cricket’s International Pathway – nor to the Lions coach Andy Flower.

“I captained the England Under-17s to Sri Lanka in 2014 which was a really good experience, and later that year I did a bit of work with Andy when I went up to the Under-19s for a one-day series against South Africa,” he explained – a series which Hameed started with scores of 97, 97 and 125, in an England side also including current Lions team-mates Tom Alsop and Joe Clarke.

“Even in that brief period I enjoyed the chance to pick his brains. I’ve got a lot longer with him out in Sri Lanka. Obviously he’s worked a lot at the highest level, and he was a very successful player himself especially out in the sub-continent - he knows the game inside out. Hopefully I can gain a bit of his knowledge.”

The three-day match against a Sri Lankan Board President’s XI in Moratuwa, which starts on Sunday, is the Lions’ only game before two four-day fixtures against Sri Lanka A in Kandy and Dambulla. That is followed by a five-match one-day series, but Hameed has only been selected for the red-ball section of the tour.

 

 
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