Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Ashes Squad Not on Hameed's Mind

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Ashes Squad Not on Hameed's Mind

Article excerpt

HASEEB Hameed insists he isn't thinking about this winter's Ashes.

Last winter, the Lancashire opener looked certain for a long career in the England Test side after impressing on his debut in India.

There was praise aplenty for the then 19-year-old at how he had made the step up to international cricket after a first full campaign with Lancashire in the County Championship.

A broken thumb curtailed his tour, and then an operation on his sinuses hit his pre-season preparations. And he has struggled to hit the same heights this season.

Despite playing in every one of Lancashire's Championship matches this season, he is still waiting for his first century of the campaign.

However, he has shown improved form in recent weeks, hitting 88 against leaders Essex at Emirates Old Trafford. …

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