ENGLAND are set to call up 19-year-old Haseeb Hameed as their other opening batsman for the tour of Bangladesh.
The Lancashire youngster has enjoyed a terrific breakout season, scoring 1,129 first-class runs at an incredible average of 51.31, including four centuries in 2016.
With Alex Hales insisting he will not travel to troubled Bangladesh citing security concerns – alongside one-day skipper Eoin Morgan – the main focus of tomorrow’s announcement is who will partner captain Cook at the top of the order.
Hameed looks certain at this stage to take that spot, with Bayliss saying earlier this summer that age held no bearing over his selection.
The Australian coach said: “If a player’s good enough, he’s old enough. I wouldn’t have any problem picking him.”
At this stage, Hameed’s only competition for the second opener’s spot comes from Durham’s South African-born ace Keaton Jennings – whose amazing haul of 1,522 first-class runs came at a stunning 69.18 per innings, including seven tons.
Meanwhile Morgan’s spot in the one-day side is almost certainly there to be taken by Northamptonshire youngster Ben Duckett.
The 21-year-old has racked up an outrageous 2,706 runs in all competitions this season, including helping Northants win the Natwest T20 Blast earlier this summer.
Elsewhere, England fans can look forward the announcement of other contentious issues, such as the back-up wicketkeeper and the third – and possibly even a fourth – spin bowler.
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In the frame for the wicketkeeper berth is Ben Foakes, whose 739 have come at an impressive average of 43.47 this season.
Somerset ace Jack Leach has certainly got selectors in a spin as his incredible 58 first-class wickets this season have come at a sublime 22.6 apiece.
Recent one-day call-up Liam Dawson – who has a little more about him in the batting stakes – is also an option for Bangladesh.
Elsewhere the injury-plagued Zafar Ansari, Samit Patel, Ollie Rayner and Gareth Batty will also have high hopes of receiving a call.
Despite England finishing off in Bangladesh before immediately flying into the Test series with India, the selectors have insisted the announcement tomorrow is for the first half of the tour only.
The India selection will come at a later date.
Hameed could become only the third teenager to represent England if selected – following in the steps of Ben Hollioake, who made his debut in Australia aged 19, along with Brian Close all the way back in 1949.