IND vs ENG Lord’s Test: Haseeb Hameed, Moeen Ali to return in England’s line-up for Second Test

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IND vs ENG Lord’s Test: England head coach Chris Silverwood has indicated that Opener Haseeb Hammed will feature in the second test slated to be played in the Lord’s. Haseeb Hammed will play his first test in five years when England will come into a face-off with India in the second test starting on Thursday.

Silverwood’s comment came after Rory Burns & Dominic Sibley failed to create a mark in the first test against India. Chris Silverwood appreciated Hameed’s Championship performance this season, saying the 24-year-old is making a “very strong case”.

“He is making a very strong case. He’s done everything he possibly can to be ready. What he did in an early season in the Championship shows there’s a lot of class there. He put his best foot forward in Durham when he scored that hundred [112 of 246] – it shows he can cope against this [India] attack,” said the England coach.

“At some point, we will have to make a decision and give him an opportunity. I’m confident that he’s as ready as he could be,” Silverwood spoke of Hameed, who scored 642 runs at an average of 45.85 for Nottinghamshire in the County Championship this summer.

Meanwhile, England’s top-order has displayed consistent poor performances in the tests held this year. Openers Burns & Sibley’s average run score is 31.40 and 21.56 respectively,  while No. 3 Zak Crawley’s figure is a meager 11.14. Additionally, they have scored just one century between them across 42 innings.

Haseeb Hameed has played three tests in his debut series during England’s tour of India in 2016. Batting with an injured finger he was still able to put up a massive score of 219 runs at an astounding average of 43.8.

England suffered a major setback before the beginning of the first test when Ben Stokes indefinitely pulled out of all formats of cricket to cater to his mental & physical wellbeing. Ben’s decision has ruined the entire balance of England’s squad & thus Joe Root had to play with four specialized bowlers to strengthen their batting line-up

In order to balance England’s fragile batting line-up, Silverwood didn’t rule out the possibility of including Moeen Ali in the IND vs ENG Lord’s test after he was initially left out of the 17 members squad for the first two matches.

“You take a Ben Stokes out of that squad and it makes it hard to balance. It poses problems for us…We know he [Moeen Ali] is a fine cricketer. He’s showing fine form in The Hundred. I appreciate it’s a different format, but he’s showing us what he can do,” Silverwood added during the online media interaction on Monday.

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