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India vs England: Adil Rashid reserves special praise for teenager Haseeb Hameed

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Adil Rashid praised Haseeb Hameed’s coolness under pressure after his England team-mate scored a maiden Test half-century on the fourth day of this series opener against India.

Hameed is the first teenager to play for England in 19 years and he repaid the faith shown in him by coach Trevor Bayliss to score a measured unbeaten 62 that help his side reach stumps on 114 without loss in their second innings, a lead of 164.

The Lancashire batsman is captain Alastair Cook’s tenth opening partner since the retirement of Andrew Strauss four years ago.

“He’s been very good,” said Rashid. “He’s got a good head, he’s a clever and solid boy, works hard in the nets and he’s a great talent. He showed that today and hopefully he can carry that on tomorrow.

“He’s very calm, he’s very organised cricketer as well and he’s got a good sense of humour. I think he’s fitted very well into the dressing-room and hopefully he can carry that on for many more years to come.”

The Yorkshire leg-spinner first faced Hameed in the County Championship in August, when the youngster became the first Lancashire batsman ever to score centuries in both innings of a Roses match.

“I first saw him play then,” said Rashid. “He played seam exceptionally well and also spin too, using his feet. So I wasn’t surprised at all how he came out and played here. He works hard, is very clued up and to see him get the runs here is a good feeling.”

On the match situation in this first Test, Rashid believes England could still force a win on the final day, even if the chances of that are remote.

“All results are possible, there’s a lot of cricket to be played,” he said. “Firstly we’ve got to come out, get the runs on the board and see where we are at lunchtime. If we’re in a good position we might just carry on batting and then have a little bowl and see what happens.”

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