Lancashire and England opener Haseeb Hameed underwent surgery to his finger after sustaining the injury while playing vs. Middlesex in a championship game.
The 20-year old was forced to retire during the third day’s play when he fractured a finger on his right hand while batting but had returned to help his team save the game. However, Lancashire had lost of the game as other batsmen were dismissed on the other end.
Lancashire have announced that Haseeb Hameed had “suffered a fracture of the middle finger of his right hand … and underwent surgery within 24 hours of the injury occurring”.
A statement from the club further added: “Haseeb will be monitored by the medical team on a regular and ongoing basis until he recovers full function and returns to batting.”
The injury meant that Hameed will now miss his chances of making to Ashes squad. The young right-handed player had made his debut for England during the tour to India last year and had impressed everyone with his temperament.
He managed to score an impressive 82 on debut in Rajkot before following it up with a beautiful 59 in the Mohali Test. However, he suffered a finger injury during the tour and was forced to undergo surgery back then as well.
Hameed is not having the best of his seasons in the Championship as he averaged a mere 28.50 before suffering the injury. He had an outside chance of making it to the squad but with his latest injury, he will surely the miss the Ashes this year.
England have plenty to think about their team for Ashes as selectors would reveal the players for the series next Wednesday. The Joe Root led side to have plenty of problems ahead of Ashes as they look an unsettled unit. The top order conundrum continues to be a major issue as Cook remains their sole reliable player at the top of the innings.
On the other hand, Toby Roland-Jones suffered a back stress in the same game and might miss the start of the tour.