The rise of the Lancashire and England Under-19 opener Haseeb Hameed to the England party for the tour of Bangladesh after one season in first class cricket must be a concern, and here is why. He has averaged an impressive 50.3 in the championship, but he does not yet score nearly fast enough.
Pitches in first class cricket tend to be dry, flat and friendly, and batsmen are hard to dislodge, so that there is little excuse, and rarely a requirement, to score slowly. Similarly in club cricket better pitches and bats have produced more runs more quickly compared with, say, the 1970s. Occupying the crease only goes so far.