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‘I think he could be back in the Test team pretty quickly' - From England's next great opener to Lancashire outcast, what next for Haseeb Hameed?

Posted On: 15 Oct 2019   |   Posted By: Cricket365

Lancashire picked a good day to bury the bad news. As England were collapsing for 67 at Headingley on August 23 - their batsmen's red-ball techniques ruthlessly, cruelly exposed by the Australian seamers - the Red Rose County announced that Haseeb Hameed would not be offered a new contract.
Headingley had a happy ending as far as England were concerned. Whether Hameed's story will remains to be seen.
It wasn't supposed to be like this. Of all the openers England had picked since Andrew Strauss's retirement in 2012, Hameed was supposed to be the one for both the present and the future, with solid defence, sound judgement and a dreamy cover drive.
Instead, a broken hand curtailed his Test career after three matches in India in late 2016, then Keaton Jennings came in and made a hundred on debut, making him the man in possession. But the assumption was that Hameed's return wasn't far away, and that he was the proper opener England had been crying out for.
He still might be - he doesn't turn 23 until January. But...

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