LONDON: Haseeb Hameed celebrated Wednesday his call to the England squad for the first two tests of the next Indian series with a hundred against the tourists for a County Select XI.
The 24-year-old, who appeared on three tests in India in 2016 before injuries and subsequent loss of form derailed his career, was dubbed “Baby Boycott” for a determined approach to the crease that resembled that of the opening of England, the great Geoffrey Boycott. .
It was a nickname he lived up to on Wednesday with minute 112-on-246-ball innings, including 13 on all fours on day two of a three-day game at Chester-le-Street.
Hameed’s cent was the cornerstone of the 220 of the Select XI made in response to the 311 of India’s first innings.
A cricketer revitalized since moving from his native Lancashire to Nottinghamshire, Hameed’s more than five hour innings came to an end when he was caught late off Shardul Thakur.
Umesh Yadav was India’s attacking pick with a 3-22 15-overs stingy, while compatriot Mohammad Siraj took 2-32 in 13.
The first game of a five-test series between England and India kicks off at Trent Bridge – now Hameed’s home – on August 4. -AFP