Ashes hopeful Haseeb Hameed fractures finger in Lancashire defeat

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Ashes hopeful Haseeb Hameed suffered a fractured finger as Lancashire lost to Middlesex in their Specsavers County Championship clash at Lord’s.

The opener retired hurt after being struck on the glove by James Harris on day three of the Division One match, two days after Middlesex seamer Toby Roland-Jones, tipped for a place in the winter’s tour squad, went down with a lower back complaint which has required scans to assess the severity of the injury.

Hameed, who flew home from last winter’s Test tour of India for surgery on a badly broken left hand, returned to bat in a vain attempt to stave off defeat but England will be anxiously waiting for updates.

He was left unbeaten as Steven Finn, himself on the fringes of the England selection picture, took eight for 79 to bowl Middlesex to a 36-run win which gives their top-flight survival hopes a huge boost.