James Anderson has declared that HaseebHameed is better than Alastair Cook.

Anderson rated the 20-year old rising sensation above England’s highest Test run scorer.

Hameed has built quite a reputation for himself in such a short time in the international scene. He scored two half centuries in three Tests against India, despite scoring the second with a badly broken finger. The injury ended his tour and he requires a scan on another hand injury but he is expected to play in the Lancashire County Championship this season. He is play alongside Anderson on Friday at the Championship against Essex but Cook would be missing as he is sidelined.

“His ability and his talent is frightening for such a young lad, so I think he’ll cope with anything. He’s right up there,” Anderson opined.

On comparison with Cook, Anderson said he knows “Cookie is the leading run-scorer” but added that Hameed is “a better, more technically sound opening batsman than Cook.”

He avoided driving up the hype around Hameed, claiming the pressure and the spotlight on him will be disastrous.

“He’s bound to have the worst year of his life if I do! But yes, I think he’s just a very exciting talent,” he said.

“I’m sure they will throw everything they’ve got at him – certainly with pace, short balls, aggression, verbals – I’m sure they’ll go at him. They usually pick on the young guys – but with his calm nature, I think he’ll be able to handle it,” Anderson added.