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England to name Hameed Indian Test cover

Press Association logoPress Association 30/11/2016 David Clough

England are expected to name a replacement shortly for injured opening batsman Haseeb Hameed.

The 19-year-old earned widespread admiration for his skill and bravery in his unbeaten second-innings half-century as England lost by eight wickets to India inside four days in the third Test at Mohali.

As Hameed prepares to head home to have a plate inserted in his badly broken left little finger, India have opened up an unassailable 2-0 lead in the five-Test series.

England must identify Alastair Cook's next opening partner, almost certainly on a temporary basis, until Hameed is fit again.

Coach Trevor Bayliss has not ruled out promoting Ben Duckett back up the order, despite the left-hander's loss of form at No.4 which cost him his place after the first two Tests.

"Duckett is an option," said the Australian. "He opened for us in Bangladesh."

It seems more likely, however, that an England Lion - from a list headed by Keaton Jennings and Nick Gubbins - will be summoned from their tour of Dubai in time for the fourth Test next week in Mumbai.

"We're starting that process now, so we hope we'll know in the next 24 hours," said Bayliss.

Speaking shortly after India reached only 103 to win in Mohali, he added: "I think the replacement player will be a higher-order player, and then we've got to make a decision."

Hameed made a big impression at the top of the order and then with his 59no down at No.8 after being hit on the same finger for the second time in successive innings.

Bayliss admired what he had witnessed.

"I think there's a lot of guys in there in awe of what he's been through."

England's management had to persuade Hameed to leave the tour for his operation.

Bayliss explained the 19-year-old and his father, in India with the rest of the family to watch him, were reluctant to retreat.

"He wants to stay and play the last two Tests!

"He wouldn't take 'no' for an answer. He wants to stay, and his old man said 'Just tape it up - he'll be all right'.

"Not only can he play, but it's great to see an attitude like that.

"It's a break that is all the way through the finger - the finger's in two pieces."

Meanwhile, scans have shown bowler Chris Woakes has a tiny crack in his right thumb after taking a blow while batting, but he is expected to be fit for the fourth Test.

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