Hameed looking forward to Lord's test
Hundred hero Haseeb Hameed has revealed how he studied the way two of England’s finest batsmen in recent times went about their business during this week’s Specsavers County Championship match against Warwickshire.
Opener Hameed posted his maiden first-class century in the draw at Emirates Old Trafford, a second-innings 103 on Thursday.
The 19-year-old then watched how Ian Bell and Jonathan Trott went about saving the game for the visitors after being set a 312 target.
The experienced pair both scored unbeaten half-centuries in a third-wicket partnership of 111.
And while Hameed was frustrated that the Red Rose couldn’t convert their dominance into a victory, he couldn’t help but admire the pair’s quality in adversity.
Hameed will hope to build on his own performances when Lancashire travel to London tomorrow to take on Middlesex at Lord’s - a match which marks the halfway point in their season.
“You could see how experienced they are in that nothing flustered them,” he admitted.
“At no point did they look like they weren’t in control of what they were doing, despite the fact that we had a few play and misses against.
“You could see that they just focused on the next ball and dug in there.
“It was definitely good for me to be able pick up things about how they go about their games.”
Ironically, last September Hameed’s Lancashire coach Ashley Giles compared the Boltonian to Trott following his 91 against Surrey.
“Has just loves batting,” he said. “That should sound obvious for a batter, but he just doesn't give things away.
“The only player I've seen that sort of mindset in, to that degree, is Jonathan Trott, and he’s had a pretty good career.”
That aforementioned 91 was, until Thursday, Hameed’s career best.
Now he goes to the Home of Cricket safe in the knowledge that the maiden hundred has been secured.
“I was pretty nervous when I was in the nineties, having got 91 last year,” he admitted. “It was just a case of waiting for the right ball and making sure I didn’t get too edgy.
“I’m quite happy with the start that I’ve made, and I think I’m learning things with every game.
“Every experience is a good one for me whether it’s me scoring runs or coming up against a good attack and finding things out about myself.”
Joint leaders Lancashire, sat on 99 points from seven matches alongside champions Yorkshire, will come up against a Middlesex who sit fourth with 86 having won one and drawn six.
They will be missing England batsman Nick Compton, who has opted to take a break from cricket.
“I’ve played at Lord’s once before, and it’s a special place. I’m really looking forward to going back,” added Hameed.
That appearance came for an English Schools Cricket Association eleven against an MCC Schools side in a 50-over match in September 2013.
He played in the same side as current Red Rose team-mates Rob Jones and Saqib Mahmood and scored 70 in a six-wicket win chasing 263.