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Hameed impresses but returns home with injury

Hameed impresses but returns home with injury

Lancashire and England opener Haseeb Hameed will miss the final two tests against India after suffering a hand injury.

Hameed was injured on the first morning of the Third Test after being struck by India fast bowler Umesh Yadav and did not field in the rest of the Test, which England lost by eight wickets.

The nineteen year-old batted at number eight in the second innings and made a brave and valiant 59 not out as England were bowled out for 236.

He was unable to grip the bat with his left little finger and England Captain Alastair Cook confirmed after the conclusion of the Third Test, that Hameed required an operation and will return home.

"It's devastating for him. He'll come back again. To change his grip so he doesn't use that part of his hand shows how good he is.

"We knew pretty much straightaway what the injury was, but we weren't going to tell India it was a broken hand.

"We knew it was sore; he knew it was sore," added Cook. "He wanted to bat - he's desperate. You can't hold guys back like that."

"He kept going to nets seeing if he could change this or that; for a 19-year-old to go and do that and play like that is what we want from English people.

"He showed so much determination and courage that we should applaud that."

England Head Coach, Trevor Bayliss was equally impressed with Hameed, adding: "He keeps amazing everyone with his attitude - you wouldn't have known it (the finger) was broken in the dressing room.

"It was a fantastic effort - another plus in his corner. Not only can he play but he's a tough little character as well.

"I think the doctors probably knew it was cracked but they didn't want to distract him either. It was a gutsy effort.

"We've had to talk him into the (fact that the) best thing is going home - he wants to get out and play."

Hameed became only the second teenager to make a Test debut for England since 1949 when he played in the first Test in Rajkot.

He marked the occasion with 82 in the second innings and his effort in the third Test made him the first England batsman to make two fifties before the age of 20.

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