Hameed to miss remainder of India series


England opener Haseeb Hameed will miss the remainder of the Test series with India due to a finger injury, Alastair Cook has confirmed.

Hameed sustained the injury, thought to be a fractured little finger on his left hand, when he was dismissed in the first innings by a bouncer from Umesh Yadav.

The 19-year-old was visibly in pain immediately after the delivery, having also been hit on the left hand in the previous Test, and he did not field at any point in the match, which India won by eight wickets on Tuesday.

That India even had to bat in the second innings owed much to a brave knock from Hameed, coming in at number eight to score an unbeaten 59 alongside his replacement at the top of the order, Joe Root, and England's tail.

And though he proved that his talent could overcome the blow, Cook has confirmed he will be sent home for surgery.

Cook said at the post-match presentation: "Has came in with his hand and to play like that shows courage and bravery.

"Unfortunately he's got to go home and have a plate put in his hand. To play like that is a real credit to his courage and no doubt we'll see him again in an England shirt."

Cook conceded that his side had been "behind the eight ball" after winning the toss and only managing 283 all out on a placid Mohali deck.

He explained: "It was a good toss to win. To get bowled out for 280, you don't win many games in this part of world if you don't get over 400. 

"We knew from the last time we beat them after getting them out for 300.

"We knew we were behind the eight ball. [When India were] 200-6 [204-6], we had a sniff but their lower order got them up to a good total.

"It's frustrating and we need to improve on that if we want to win games of cricket here."

Ben Duckett, dropped for the Moahli Test after being terrorised by Ravichandran Ashwin in the first two games, is a candidate to replace Hameed after opening in Bangladesh, although the Lions are touring in the UAE and an opener could be plucked from that squad for the fourth Test in Mumbai, which starts next Thursday.

When probed by Sky Sports on Hameed's replacement, England coach Trevor Bayliss hinted that the likes of Nick Gubbins and Keaton Jennings in the A side could get the nod.

He said: "Yeah, there are some there [on the Lions tour of the UAE] and they are some of the guys that will be in contention. We'll be discussing that over the next 24 hours and coming up with the right choice.

"We haven't even discussed that other than we need a replacement, and probably a replacement at the top of the order. Duckett could go at the top, possibly even Gary Ballance."