England’s Hameed at risk of record low

Rob Forsaith |

Haseeb Hameed’s miserable Ashes run has continued at the SCG with the out-of-form opener at risk of setting an unwanted record this summer.

England’s batting woes have been well documented in this series, with veteran paceman Stuart Broad saying his side’s low first-innings totals were the key to miserable losses in Brisbane, Adelaide and Melbourne.

But few have struggled like Hameed, who was dropped on two during Mitchell Starc’s second over on Friday.

The reprieve cost four runs, with Hameed clean bowled for six in Starc’s next over by a delivery that hit the top of middle stump.

Hameed has 71 runs from seven knocks at 10.14 this series.

David Warner’s ineffectual 2019 Ashes tour, when he managed 95 runs across 10 innings, is the lowest ever by an opener in a five-Test series.

If Hameed is retained in England’s XI for the Hobart series finale and continues to extend a recent run of single-figure scores, he could set a lower bar than Warner.

The 24-year-old started the tour with relative promise.

Hameed’s 25 at the Gabba made him the only member of England’s top five to register a score higher than six in the first innings of the series.

Hameed and Zak Crawley held out until the 10th over of England’s first innings at the SCG, making it the tourists’ longest opening partnership of the tour.

Their 22-run stand means England’s opening partnership has averaged 9.57 runs this series.

Crawley, who replaced Rory Burns at the top of the order at the MCG, showed more fight than Hameed while scoring 18 but was also knocked over before lunch on day three of the fourth Test.