Debutant Hameed not fazed by India challenge


Haseeb Hameed is not fazed by the prospect of making his England debut against the world's number one Test side India in Rajkot on Wednesday.

The 19-year-old did not feature in the tour of Bangladesh, but will open the batting alongside Alastair Cook in the first match of the five-game series, with Ben Duckett dropping to number four.

Hameed, who scored 1198 runs with four hundreds and an average of 49.91 for Lancashire in the 2016 County Championship, will become just the sixth teenager to represent England in the longest format.

Despite having no experience on the international stage, Hameed insists he is relishing coming up against the likes of Ravichandran Ashwin - the top ranked Test bowler - in his first outing.

"I see it as an exciting challenge. It's nothing to be afraid of. I'm 19, coming up against the best bowler in the world, the best team in the world," he told Sky Sports.

"It'll be a great experience for me and I'm pretty sure I'll be a better player at the end of the tour either way.

"I think it's going to be an exciting series. I feel like it's an exciting side to be part of. We do go in as underdogs and it's probably the biggest challenge in cricket right now, coming to India and beating them, but it's one that we are looking forward to.

"We have prepared well the last couple of days and it's time to crack on now. It's important we go in confident in our abilities as a side.

"We've done some very good stuff in recent times so if we stick to that I'm sure we'll have a good series."