Hameed stakes Test Match claim with unbeaten half century
Lancashire batsman Haseeb Hameed strengthened his claim of making his debut in the First Test against Bangladesh for England after an unbeaten half century in today's warm-up fixture.
Hameed opened the batting for the tourists, alongside Northamptonshire's Ben Duckett and retired at the tea interval after hitting 57 not out for England.
The 19 year-old took a couple of blows from Taskin Ahmed early on and although he he had a comparable strike rate for much of the session, compared to fellow opener Duckett, the Lancashire teenager remained vigilant as Duckett started to become more attack-minded.
After lunch, Hameed upped his tempo with three successive fours - a straight drive, late cut and pull emphasised the array of shots in his armoury - although Jonny Bairstow and Lancashire wicket keeper Jos Buttler did not last long.
Hameed reached his half-century with a flick through midwicket for four off his 114th ball and got to 57 before cutting short his innings as Ballance was given an opportunity to push his claims at the crease.
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