Haseeb Hameed scored Nottinghamshire’s runs in the County Championship in 2022 with a strike rate of 62.40, nearly double his strike rate in Tests, which was 32.02; the opener will be captain of the England Lions’ red-ball team in Sri Lanka in January, and February, and he says he will risk losing to try to win. At a strike rate of 10 Tests so far is 32.02, and his previous defensive style earned him the nickname “Baby Boycott” in reference to Sir Geoffrey Boycott, a former England batter.
However, Hameed said that since being dropped from the Test team following the 4-0 Ashes thrashing in Australia in 2021-22, he has focused on scoring more quickly. His strike rate for Nottinghamshire in the County Championship last season was 62.40.
The 26-year-old, who will lead the red-ball team representing the England Lions in Sri Lanka later this month, stated: When I got back from that tour in Australia, I knew exactly how I was going to play: Accept the fact that everyone exits and strive to score runs whenever possible.
“We [England] went a little bit into our shells. We all suffered as a result of our defensive and “survival mode” state.
“Now it’s almost like you try to put pressure back on them by choosing the other option when in doubt. You choose the positive option, and everyone will support you.
Hameed: “That’s a significant change in our cricket system in general. I have shown a new side of myself.” The fact that it coincides with a similar shift I’ve made at the same time makes it interesting to me.
“You have your typical Test match opener, which is how I was trying to play before. However, there is also a side of me that enjoys hitting the ball, which maybe a few more people have seen now.
“Especially when you’re playing some of the best bowlers in the world, you’re going to get good balls that will get you out, so you might as well try to cash in, score runs, and put pressure on the opposition with the other balls.
“I’ve attempted to do that. I carried that into the Notts season, which was successful for me.
“From my perspective, I had one bad tour, but many very, very good players have had one bad tour. Why can’t I improve? It has occurred, but it is not the entire journey. I’m not 35, 36.
“I still have 15 more years of cricket left in me. That has never changed: “I’m hoping for a long period of time to be playing international cricket for England.”
Since Stokes took over for Joe Root as captain, England have won nine of their ten Test matches, and Hameed says he will try to follow the senior captain’s lead when he leads the second team in Sri Lanka.
Added the former Lancashire batter: Naturally, I will have my own style, but the England brand that Stokesy and co. have implemented is now the Lions or Test team brand.
“I’ll try to replicate this whole idea of playing to win and being prepared to lose the game in order to win.”