Hameed hits unbeaten 53 as England begin Ashes warm-ups

Published November 24, 2021
BRISBANE: Ben Stokes (R) and Stuart Broad talk during a practice session on the first day of the Ashes tour match between England Men and England Lions at the Redlands Cricket Club on Tuesday.—AP
BRISBANE: Ben Stokes (R) and Stuart Broad talk during a practice session on the first day of the Ashes tour match between England Men and England Lions at the Redlands Cricket Club on Tuesday.—AP

BRISBANE: Haseeb Hameed hit an unbeaten 53 and Rory Burns 39 as England began their Ashes tour in a low-key and rain-hit intra-squad warm-up game Tuesday, played against the backdrop of a racism scandal back home.

Test superstars Joe Root, Stuart Broad, Jimmy Anderson and Ben Stokes were among the first wave of players to land in Brisbane on November 6 with their Twenty20 World Cup contingent jetting in later.

They have completed 14 days quarantine at a Gold Coast resort and experienced their first real taste of Australian conditions in the informal three-day game against England Lions at Peter Burge Oval.

But rain restricted the opening day to just 29 overs.

Hameed struck eight boundaries and Burns found the ropes four times as an England XI made 98 without loss after winning the toss and opting to bat Zak Crawley is scheduled to come in at three followed by skipper Root, Stokes then Ollie Pope.

While Broad was on the team sheet, his veteran fast-bowling partner Anderson was not.

Other absent Ashes squad members included Johnny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Dawid Malan and Mark Wood, who all played at the T20 World Cup.

Published in Dawn, November 24th, 2021

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