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The Ashes: Rehan Ahmed says England call-up for second Test 'means everything'

Rehan Ahmed has been called up to the England Test squad after Moeen Ali suffered a blister on his finger during the first Test at Edgbaston; watch second Ashes Test live on Sky Sports Cricket from 10am on Wednesday

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Following Rehan Ahmed's call-up to England's Ashes squad, we rewind to December of last year when the leg-spinner became the youngest man to take a five-wicket haul on Test debut, against Pakistan

England's Rehan Ahmed has admitted being part of this week's Ashes squad at Lord's is beyond his wildest dreams.

Ahmed, 18, became the youngest male to play Test cricket for England in December when selected during the Pakistan series and marked his debut with a stunning five-wicket haul in Karachi.

The confidence of the Leicestershire all-rounder has been clear from the outset despite his tender age, but even he conceded his call-up to the group for the second Test on Friday was unexpected despite injury concerns over Moeen Ali.

"It means everything. I would never have dreamed this," Ahmed told England's official Twitter account.

Moeen Ali became somewhat of a doubt for the second Test after he suffered a blister on his finger on his return to spin bowling in Test match conditions
Image: Moeen Ali became somewhat of a doubt for the second Test after he suffered a blister on his finger on his return to spin bowling in Test match conditions

"To be part of an Ashes squad at my age, at Lord's as well, I never saw it coming so it is lovely to be a part of.

"I was actually with my brother when Baz (head coach Brendon McCullum) called me, but my mum and dad found out straight away, and a couple of my friends.

"Baz said I would be joining up with the squad for the next couple of games, well the next four games. Yeah, he was so chilled about it as well but I was on the phone a bit panicky but just happy."

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Ahmed joined the group on Sunday and had his first nets session at Lord's a day later.

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While Ahmed has never played at the home of cricket, he is familiar with the ground having bowled there to future captain Ben Stokes when he was 11 and impressed the late Shane Warne two years later with his leg-spin.

He added: "Lord's is always a special ground.

"I've never played here before, I've not been on the main pitch either but [I have] good memories from when I was 13, 14 and I net bowled for England as well."

Quizzed on his Ashes memories, Ahmed admitted the first time he fully watched five days of a Test against Australia was the thrilling opener at Edgbaston last week.

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With Moeen able to bowl during Monday's training session, Ahmed is not expected to feature at Lord's but made no secret of how much he relishes being part of the environment Stokes and McCullum have created.

"The last game was probably the first time I watched the full Ashes, the full days," Ahmed revealed.

"I was playing a game against Notts for Leicestershire and I was getting drinks every two overs for the score. The last game was unbelievable.

"Baz gave me a call on Friday morning. He basically told me I would come in and join the lads. It was unbelievable.

"I love it. I love being around this new environment that's been created. It is unbelievable."

Watch the second men's Ashes Test, from Lord's, live on Sky Sports Cricket from Wednesday. Build-up begins at 10am ahead of the toss at 10.30am and then an 11am start.

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