Rehan Ahmed becomes England’s youngest male Test cricketer UK news | Daily News Byte

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Teenage leg-spinner Rehan Ahmed received a warm hug from his father on the pitch after making history as England’s youngest male Test cricketer.

He made his debut in the third Test against Pakistan in Karachi – aged just 18 years and 126 days.

Ahmed broke the record of Yorkshire’s Brian Close, who was 18 years and 149 days when he played against New Zealand in July 1949.

Kishore soon took his first wicket – of Pakistani batsman Saeed Shakeel.

Ahmed was given his debut by former England captain Nasir Hussain.

It was a proud moment for his father, Naeem, who was allowed to join the team on the pitch to see Ahmed handed his first cap.

“It’s an exciting time for Rehan in particular, and he was very excited when we cleared him to play last night,” England captain Ben Stokes said.

The 18-year-old only made his top-level county debut for Leicestershire in May.

He first attracted media attention at the age of 11 when he dismissed Stokes and Alastair Cook in the nets after being invited to bowl in a training session for the national team.

Ahmed's teammates congratulated him as he took his first Test wicket
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Ahmed’s teammates congratulated him as he took his first Test wicket

He also received high praise from former Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne, who saw him bowling in the nets at Lord’s.

He said in a video on Twitter: “He’s amazing man, really really good, I’ll be keeping a close eye on you. I think we’ll be commenting on you really soon.”

The youngest person to play a Test for England was Holly Colvin, who was 15 years and 336 days when she played for the women’s team against Australia in 2005.

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