Silly Point told you that Haseeb Hameed would debut in Rajkot…
… and then did the same when Keaton Jennings was summoned for Mumbai…
… well not wishing to put the mockers on things for Liam Dawson but the Hampshire spinner could become England Test cap number 676 in the fifth and final Test in Chennai that commences tomorrow. Aside from Silly Point jinxing things for the slow-left-armer, the aftermath of cyclone Vardah, namely a damp pitch might also cost ‘Daws’ his becoming a Test cricketer.
If Dawson does debut tomorrow, he’d probably be quite content if he claimed first innings figures of 4-134, ala the last Dawson to debut for England, former Yorkshire offie Richard ‘Dick’ Dawson (In 2001) but would prefer to finish his Test career with a not so Dawsonesque (Richard) bowling average of 61.54 which in itself is reminiscent of another former Yorkshire offie and is therefore almost a Battyesque 60.93!
A record-breaking entry into the International Duck Watch Hall of Fame today. India’s opening batsman Gautam Gambhir lasted a whopping six deliveries before being dismissed by England’s Chris Woakes in the first Test in Rajkot. India finished their fourth innings on 172-6 (Kohli 49 not out / Rashid 3-64) as the first Test ended in a draw.
Earlier in the week Silly Point revealed that teenager Haseeb Hameed would debut for England in the first Test against India in Rajkot. (See previous post: Hameed to debut in Rajkot)
Well it hasn’t taken the nineteen-year-old long to make an impression. Having made 31 in his maiden Test innings the Lancastrian is currently 62 not out in England’s second innings having so far constructed an opening partnership worth 114 with captain Alastair Cook (46 not out).
Earlier in the day England dismissed the hosts for 488 (Rashid 4-114) and so now have a healthy lead of 163.
India’s Amit Mishra is our sole inductee into the International Duck Watch Hall of Fame today. The Nightwatchman (Or not as it turned out!) was dismissed second ball by England’s Zafar Ansari in the first Test in Rajkot. The hosts finished the day on 319-4 still 218 runs behind England’s first innings total of 537. Murali Vijay (126) and Cheteshwar Pujara (124) led the way for India making it five centuries in the match so far.
Moeen Ali finished the first day of the first Test between India and England unbeaten on 99 as England made an encouraging 311-4 (311, that’s the same number of runs that Zimbabwe require to win the second Test against Sri Lanka tomorrow. Freaky!) in their first innings in Rajkot.
England captain Alastair Cook scored 21 (Legal drinking age in USA) before being dismissed to the first ball after drinks (Remember Ben Duckett was the first wicket to fall in the second innings of the second Test in Bangladesh to the first ball of a new session. Concentrate lads, concentrate!) and fellow opener, nineteen-year-old debutant Haseeb Hameed made a promising 31 in his first Test outing. The Duke (Duckett) fell for unlucky 13 before (Stumpy) Joe Root (124) and Moeen put England in a commanding position. Ben Stokes finished the day alongside The Beard that’s Feared unbeaten on 18 (Legal drinking age in UK).
Despite England’s supposed strength in depth in their batting they’ve struggled to post competitive totals in recent times, not only in the subcontinent but also at home. The score at the end of the first day of the series will be particularly uplifting for England fans but the tourists must back it up and go on to record a really imposing total tomorrow.
As mentioned this Test is Haseeb Hameed’s first Test appearance (See previous post: Hameed to Debut in Rajkot)
The confident Lancastrian will already have his eyes set on reaching the same milestone as England teammate Stuart Broad for whom this is his 100th Test match appearance.
P.S. Silly Point is glad to report that there were no English inductions to International Duck Watch today!
Barring a Glenn McGrath style step on the ball or an Alastair Cookesque vomiting session, Lancashire’s Nineteen-year-old opening batsman Haseeb Hameed will become England Test cricketer number 674 when the tourists take on India in the first of a five-match Test series in Rajkot (Another Test debutant) tomorrow.
With hindsight, or even without, England should probably have selected Hameed in Bangladesh instead of Gary Ballance with Ben Duckett batting at four. It’s slightly disappointing that on the back of his maiden Test fifty Duckett, having suggested he can provide England with David Warner type starts to innings now has to drop down the order. Though Duckett’s run scoring at the top of the order (For both Northamptonshire and England Lions) has been relentless this year, he has previously been more of a middle order option and in this terrain Hameed and Duckett’s qualities are hopefully now to be found in the appropriate location, Hameed as dour opener and Duckett in an adaptable middle order.
Let’s not forget Gary Ballance either. He is still on this tour and it will be a bitterly disappointing and frustrating time for him but if Delhi Belly runs riot through the England camp Ballance may yet still be required. If he is let’s hope that he can return to being the hundred hunter that he was when he first arrived in international cricket. Remember that the twenty-six-year-old was the third fastest to 1000 Test runs for England.
Back to Hameed and the alarmingly aptly named Duckett. Fingers crossed that neither of them get a mention on International Duck Watch in the upcoming days!