Teenage opener Haseeb Hameed says he will be realising a childhood dream when he makes his England Test debut against India on Wednesday.
Lancashire batsman Hameed, 19, has been chosen as Alastair Cook’s latest opening partner for the first Test in Rajkot.
He will become only the second teenager to play Test cricket for England since 1949. “Even at the age of nine I believed I would make it for England,” he said.
“I guess a lot of things are meant to be and the fact it is here against India, in my parents’ home state, the way it has fallen into place is amazing.”
Hameed, who scored 1,129 runs at an average of 52 in County Championship Division One this summer, was called up for the Test tour of Bangladesh in October but did not play in the 1-1 series draw.