Haseeb Hameed    Getty Images
Haseeb Hameed scored 1,129 runs at 52 in the County Championship Division One for Lancashire Getty Images

Lancashire batsman Haseeb Hameed is set to make his Test debut for England in the first Test against India at Rajkot. England captain Alastair Cook has confirmed that Ben Duckett, who opened the batting with him in Bangladesh will be batting at No. 4, with Gary Ballance facing the axe. Cook will once again have a new opening partner and it will be the 19-year-old Hameed. Hameed had scored 1,129 runs at 52 in the County Championship Division One for Lancashire. He will be only the second teenager since 1949 to play Test cricket for England. The first test will begin from Wednesday. Full Cricket Scorecard: India vs England 1st Test at Rajkot

“We have all been hugely impressed with the way Haseeb has gone about his business on this tour. Nothing seems to phase him,” said captain Alastair Cook. Ballance scored just 24 runs from four innings in Bangladesh and has been dropped for the first Test. “I feel sorry for Gary,” said Cook. “They were tough conditions in Bangladesh and ultimately it’s about how many runs you score. I still think he’s a fine player and one who I think will play again for England and do well,” added Cook according to bbc.com. England will be going into this Test series after a 1-1 draw in Bangladesh. India on the other hand not only won the One-Day International (ODI) series against New Zealand before this, but also whitewashed the Kiwis 3-0. Virat Kohli will once again return to lead the Test side, who have not tasted defeat in the last nine Tests.

Here’s a list of England’s youngest Test debutants:

Player Age Opposition Venue Season
Years Days
Brian Close 18 149 New Zealand Old Trafford 1949
Jack Crawford 19 32 South Africa Johannesburg 1905-06
Denis Compton 19 83 New Zealand The Oval 1937
Ben Hollioake 19 269 Australia Trent Bridge 1997
Haseeb Hameed 19 297 India Rajkot 2016-17
Ian Peebles 19 338 South Africa Johannesburg 1927-28

England had defeated India the last time they toured the country back in 2012.