‘England have now found an opener Cook can rely on’
Haseeb Hameed hits maiden Test fifty to earn praise from all quarters
‘He has stroked with precision and timing. He looks like a proper player.’ – GEOFFREY BOYCOTT
Nick Compton knows better than most the pressure that comes with opening the batting for England after his own difficult spell at the top of the order.
Such is the strain the batsman came under after a poor run of form that Compton is currently taking an indefinite break from the game.
The 33-year-old is therefore in a better position than most to comment on what it takes to excel. And after watching Haseeb Hameed end the third day’s play on 62 not out against India, Compton feels England have found the perfect partner for captain Alastair Cook.
“Hameed very impressive – good technique, someone Cook can rely on to bat time and build solid foundations,” tweeted Compton.
The experienced batsman was not the only one impressed with debutant Hameed, who at just 19 years old is only the sixth teenager to play Test cricket for England.
“He has done everything, from being able to defend sensibly and then when he has looked to attack he has stroked with precision and timing. He looks like a proper player,” commented former England opener Geoffrey Boycott.
Adil Rashid, who helped dismiss India for 488 as he returned figures of 4-114, was similarly full of praise for his young colleague.
“He’s a quiet boy but he works very hard, he’s very organised and has had a good temperament,” said Rashid.
“He’s tricky to bowl at, he uses his feet a lot. He works very hard in the nets and it showed in the second innings.”
Batting alongside his captain, Hameed outscored Cook as he reached 62 from 116 balls, while his fellow opener will start today on 46 not out.
England currently lead by 163 runs after reaching 114-0 at stumps yesterday and will be looking for Cook and Hameed to pile the pressure on India as they look to try and force a result in Rajkot. Hameed will also be looking to break the record of Denis Compton by becoming England’s youngest ever centurion.