Haseeb Hameed: England's teenage Test cricketers so far
Last Updated: 08/11/16 9:34am
When Haseeb Hameed makes his Test debut in the series against India he will join the select band of five others to have played Test cricket for England while still in their teens. .
Here's how the previous five turned out...
Jack Crawford v South Africa at Johannesburg in 1906, aged 19 years 32 days
He was a prodigy at Repton School and possibly the greatest schoolboy cricketer of all time, which led to his Surrey debut at just 17 years of age. His orthodox batting and medium-pace bowling proved an immediate success and he was selected in the touring party for South Africa in 1905/06 where he debuted in the first Test. He didn't disappoint, scoring a pair of 40s and taking a couple of wickets.
The following summer he performed the 'double' of 1000 runs and 100 wickets and he played in the return series with the South Africans in 1907. His bowling came to the fore in 1907/08 when he headed the bowling with 30 wickets at 24.79. However, that was it for his international career. A dispute with Surrey caused him to emigrate to Australia where he continued to play Sheffield Shield cricket before eventually returning to England after the First World War.
Ian Peebles v South Africa at Johannesburg in 1927, aged 19 years, 338 days
Born in Scotland, Peebles learned his leg-spinning trade when employed as Secretary at Aubrey Faulkner's Cricket School. He was picked for the MCC tour of South Africa primarily as Secretary to the captain Rony Stanyforth, but he performed so well in the warm-up matches and gained a place in the side for the first four Tests. He acquitted himself quite well too, but had to wait two years for his next opportunity to come. And when it came it was against the might of the 1930 Australians - Bradman and all.
By then he was a student at Oxford, but he took 3-150 at Manchester before taking the remarkable figures of 6-204 in the final Test at The Oval - in an Australian total of 695. He toured South Africa again in 1930/31 yet despite taking 27 wickets in his final five Tests he was never to play international cricket again after that summer. He was cricket correspondent of the Sunday Times for many years and is remembered as one of the most brilliant cricket writers.
Denis Compton v New Zealand at The Oval in 1937, aged 19 years, 83 days
One of the great characters of the game, he made his first-class debut in 1936 and promptly scored 1004 first-class runs. More success the following year led to a Test debut at The Oval against New Zealand in which he scored 65 (run out - a sign of things to come). The following summer he put that right with 102 against Australia at Nottingham to become England's youngest Test centurion - a record he holds to this day.
The Second World War did not quench his thirst for runs as he racked up 3,816 of them in the glorious summer of 1947. Even though he was impaired by a knee injury picked up while playing football for Arsenal, he played the iconic sweep shot which regained the Ashes for England at The Oval in 1953 after 19 years in Australian hands. He ended with 5,807 Test runs, not to mention a league title with Arsenal in 1948 and the FA Cup in 1950. Later on he became cricket correspondent for the Sunday Express and played charity games for the Lord's Taverners well into his sixties.
Brian Close v New Zealand at Manchester in 1949, aged 18 years, 149 days
England's youngest player will be remembered as a superb captain and excellent all-rounder whose achievements perhaps fell short of what they might have done. He achieved overnight fame as he did 'the double' in his first season as an 18-year-old which earned him selection for England against New Zealand in 1949, when he was dismissed for a duck. After a solitary outing in the 1950/51 Ashes series he had to wait until the summer of 1955 for his next international opportunity.
Despite his undoubted talent, his Test appearances continued to be sporadic for the next 12 years as he never managed either a Test century or five-wicket haul. He left Yorkshire in 1970 for Somerset where he helped to nurture a young Ian Botham and earned a surprise comeback to England duty at the age of 45 against the rampant 1976 West Indians. He batted with bravery against the pace onslaught and three years later became a Test selector. However, he managed to play first-class cricket well into his fifties thanks to the end-of-season Scarborough Festival matches.
Ben Hollioake v Australia at Nottingham in 1997, aged 19 years, 269 days
It will always be a case of 'what might have been' for England's most recent teenage cricketer. He will always remain the bright-eyed teenager who lit up Lord's with his innings of 63 from just 48 balls against the 1997 touring Australians on his ODI debut facing an attack of McGrath, Kasprowicz, Warne and Gillespie. That performance led to a Test debut during that summer's Ashes series.
With England 2-1 down going into the final Test, the Ashes had already been surrendered, but Ben debuted alongside his brother Adam. Ben took a wicket in his eighth over, but any Test against the Aussies in the 1990s was tough and he failed to make an impression. He was recalled the following summer to face Sri Lanka in the one-off Test at The Oval, but he again struggled as Muttiah Muralitharan's 16 wickets spun Sri Lanka to a memorable victory. He made a comeback to the ODI team in 2001 and had just toured India in early 2002 when he was killed when his car crashed near Perth after a family dinner.
Teenage Test cricketers by country
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