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Tom Hartley optimistic impressive England debut will enhance his reputation

England's recent addition, Tom Hartley, anticipates that his remarkable conclusion to his Test debut will encourage India to "show more respect towards my name."

The left-arm spinner, who was fast-tracked into the side after just 20 first-class games, played a starring role in a famous win at Hyderabad with second-innings figures of seven for 62.

That capped an emphatic shift in fortunes for the 24-year-old, who had earlier suffered a nightmare start when Yashasvi Jaiswal clubbed a solid first delivery in Test cricket for six.

More of the same followed just three balls later and his initial nine-over spell came at a princely cost of 63. While some may have been concerned over his readiness for the big stage, there was nothing but support from his team-mates.

He went on to pay that back quicker and more dramatically than anybody could possibly have anticipated and now travels to Visakhapatnam with a spring in his step and a point proven.

"I was so nervous that first day…so to come and out in the fourth innings and do what I did, hopefully they can put a bit more respect on my name and go forward from there," he told BBC Sport.

"I've been hit for a lot of sixes in my career, so I don't let these things get on top of me. It was more frustration of 'why me? why am I getting picked on?'.

"The background that I've had is to not let yourself get down. I just want to be a fighter and throw some punches back."

Hartley explained how his grounding in limited-overs cricket, including as an opening option for Manchester Originals in the Hundred, allowed him to compartmentalise his brutal welcome from Jaiswal.

9He's not the first and he won't be the last," he told reporters.

"You look at the first ball and it wasn't a bad ball. If that's the way they want to play you've just got to play with it.

"Thankfully I've had this white-ball background and, even playing in the Championship this past year, lads have come after me. You've just got to accept it. I'm fine with it if people want to come after me."

Hartley, whose local club Ormskirk CC opened up to offer free drinks to members in honour of his achievement on Sunday, progressed from relative unknown to marked man at breakneck speed.

How India choose to combat him in the second Test promises to be an intriguing sub-plot but one thing he knows he can rely on is the full backing of captain Ben Stokes.

The England skipper won plaudits for the way he kept his rookie involved after his difficult introduction, publicly showing his faith where others might have taken defensive measures.

"The confidence that he has, the way he just builds you up, there's no negative thoughts," said Hartley.

"After that first innings it was real tough for us and, personally, I didn't bowl the way I really wanted to. But it's all positive, if you've not bowled great it's, 'Right, what can we do better in the second innings?' He brings so much confidence and life to this team."

While Hartley's stock has never been higher, there is an elephant in the room when it comes to his Lancashire prospects next season. The Red Rose have signed Australia's Nathan Lyon on an overseas deal for 2024, with the off-spinner expected to be available for the majority of the season.

England would be disappointed if that hinders the progress of their latest find but the man himself has a better idea.

"I highly doubt (Lyon will miss out) so I hope we're playing together, that would be fantastic," he said.

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