Lancashire teenager in dream England call

Hameed - dream selection
Hameed - dream selection
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Lancashire’s 19-year-old opening batsman Haseeb Hameed has been named in England’s Test squad for the tour of Bangladesh.

Yorkshire’s Joe Root will be rested for the three one-day internationals, which begin in Dhaka on October 7, before joining the Test squad, while Surrey captain Gareth Batty, whose last Test match came in 2005, has been recalled at the age of 38.

There are also places in both squads for uncapped pair Zafar Ansari and Ben Duckett.

Hameed’s selection comes on the back of his superb form with the Red Rose this season, having racked up 1,154 runs in 15 Specsavers County Championship Division One matches at an average of 52.45.

National selector James Whitaker told “Haseeb Hameed, for someone so young, has had an impressive season in the Specsavers County Championship with Lancashire.

“He has been a consistent performer and his four centuries, against some of the best bowling attacks in the country, are testament to his outstanding temperament and attitude.

“We feel he fully deserves an opportunity to compete for a place at the top of the order in our Test side.”

The selectors have named a 17-man Test squad and a 15-man ODI squad for the tour.

The Test party includes four spinners, with Surrey duo Ansari and Batty joining Worcestershire’s Moeen Ali and Yorkshire leg-spinner Adil Rashid.

Whitaker added: “After a summer of progress at home across all formats, we can expect another test of our credentials this autumn.

“The challenge we face will be very different and the structure of our squads reflects the conditions we expect to encounter in Bangladesh.

“We are excited about the qualities that Zafar Ansari and Gareth Batty bring to the squad. Zafar has great potential both with bat and ball and Gareth’s experience as one of the country’s best slow bowlers and his ability to be effective in subcontinent conditions will be beneficial this winter.”

The second ODI will also take place in Dhaka, on October 9, before the final one is held in Chittagong three days later.

England will then welcome back Root to the squad for the two Test matches, with the first set to begin in Chittagong on October 20 and the second scheduled eight days later in Dhaka.

Lancashire’s Jos Buttler will captain the ODI squad in the absence of Eoin Morgan, who made himself unavailable for selection due to safety concerns.

Alastair Cook will travel to Bangladesh a week earlier than the rest of the Test squad but will return home, missing the two warm-up matches on October 14 and 16, in order to return home for the birth of his second child.

He is however, expected to be back in time for the first Test.