Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Battling Hameed to Miss Rest of Tour; ?Youngster Goes through Pain Barrier in Test Defeat Haseeb Ruled out of Rest of India Tour with Hand Injury

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Battling Hameed to Miss Rest of Tour; ?Youngster Goes through Pain Barrier in Test Defeat Haseeb Ruled out of Rest of India Tour with Hand Injury

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Byline: Chris Stocks in Mohali

HASEEB HAMEED will miss the rest of England's tour of India with a hand injury despite battling through to score a defiant half-century today during his side's eight-wicket defeat in the Third Test.

The 19-year-old opener will fly home tomorrow to have a metal plate inserted into his left hand after he was struck by fast bowler Umesh Yadav on the first morning of this Test.

That makes his innings today all the more remarkable, Hameed (right) batting for 156 balls as he compiled an unbeaten 59 from No8 to help England post 236 in their second innings.

That left India needing just 103 to win, a target they chased down in 20.2 overs for the loss of just Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara.

Continued on Page 67 England are now 2-0 down in the series with two Tests to play in Mumbai and Chennai.

And their attempts to win both and claim a series draw were given a hammer blow by the news of Hameed's absence.

Captain Alastair Cook said: "Unfortunately he has got to go home. It's a real shame.

"To play like that is testament to his courage and bravery.

"Haseeb was a positive to show such courage and bravery to play like he did after breaking his hand.

"It has been a frustrating four days, but credit to India, they deserved to win. …

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