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Uncapped leg-spinner added to England Test squad for Pakistan series

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Uncapped 18-year-old leg-spinner Rehan Ahmed has been added to England's Test squad for the upcoming ICC World Test Championship series against Pakistan.

Rehan impressed the coaching staff during the three-day warm-up fixtures for England Lions against the Test squad in the training camp in UAE and has been added to the senior squad.

Acknowedging that he is "not the finished article", England Men’s red-ball head coach, Brendon McCullum, said that "Ben (Stokes), myself and the rest of the coaches like how he approaches his game.

"The experience of being part of the squad in Pakistan will be hugely beneficial for him, and he will add to the make-up of our squad.”

If he gets to play Rehan will become the youngest player to play Test cricket for England Men's team.

Youngest England men's Test debutants

Player Debut year Age at the time of debut
Brian Close 1949 18 years 149 days
John Crawford 1906 19 years 32 days
Denis Compton 1937 19 years 83 days
Ben Hollioake 1997 19 years 269 days
Haseeb Hameed 2016 19 years 297 days
Ian Peebles 1927 19 years 338 days
Sam Curran 2018 19 years 363 days

 

"We know he’s not the finished article and has raw potential," McCullum added.

Rehan was England's second-highest wicket-taker in the ICC Men's Under-19 World Cup in 2022, taking 12 wickets in four matches at an average of 12.58.

The series will kick off with the first Test in Rawalpindi on December 1 followed by the next two matches in Multan and Karachi.

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Rehan Ahmed’s four-wicket haul | ENG v SA | ICC U19 Men’s CWC 2022
Rehan Ahmed with 4 Wickets vs. South Africa, 01/26/2022

England Men’s Test squad for Pakistan tour: Ben Stokes (c), James Anderson, Harry Brook, Zak Crawley, Ben Duckett, Ben Foakes, Will Jacks, Keaton Jennings, Jack Leach, Liam Livingstone, Jamie Overton, Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson, Joe Root, Mark Wood, Rehan Ahmed

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