Hameed keen to learn from Cook

2016-09-29 16:42
Haseeb Hameed (Getty)

London - England new boy Haseeb Hameed says he is keen to learn from England captain Alastair Cook when he joins up with the Test squad for the tour of Bangladesh.

Hameed has enjoyed an incredible year with Lancashire scoring 1,198 runs in 16 first class matches at an average of 49.91, knocking four hundreds.

In an interview with ESPN Cricinfo at the PCA awards Hameed said: "It's amazing how quickly things have happened to be honest, because you know this is my first full season in division one. The way I saw it was, I knew I was going to be challenged but I just needed to back my skills to perform.

"It is nice to get recognized even at the highest level at a young age."

Regarding the tour to Bangladesh Hameed has no reservations about the visit and is looking forward to getting out there.

The youngster added: "I've not had any concerns with the security or anything like that I'm just excited to go out there. You know a 19-year-old getting the call up for the England Test side doesn't happen every day so I'm just extremely excited to go out there."

Hameed is aware of the challenges he will face playing in conditions that he will not have had much experience of before and will be looking to adjust rapidly.

The opener said: "I have a rough idea of what to expect there is going to be a lot of spin bowled, reverse swing and things like that will come into play. I'm trying my best to prepare here and it is important that when we get there I adapt quickly."

When asked about Alastair Cook, who Hameed could open the batting with he replied: "I had a master class with him with the under-19s a couple of years ago and he came across as just a really nice guy, a humble guy, easy to talk to and obviously he knows a thing or two about batting as well.

"I'm looking forward to meeting up with him and the other guys and it's a great opportunity for me to learn from players like him as well so I'll be looking to do that."

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