England pick teenager Hameed, veteran Batty for Bangladesh tour…


Teenaged opening batsman Haseeb Hameed was one of the three uncapped players named on Friday for England’s forthcoming tour to Bangladesh.

Surrey all-rounder Zafar Ansari and Northamptonshire batsman Ben Duckett are the others, while Ansari’s 38-year-old team mate Gareth Batty returns as one of the four spinners, 11 years after he was last selected for a test. Opener Alex Hales and one-day captain Eoin Morgan had decided not to tour Bangladesh over security concerns.

Most interest will now focus on whether Lancashire’s Hameed can succeed where Hales largely failed in solving the longstanding problem of an opening partner for captain Alastair Cook.

The 19-year-old has been prolific in county cricket this season, scoring more than 1,000 runs at an average of 52.

He would become one of the youngest players to appear for England since the second world war.

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