Ben Matthew Duckett (born 17 October 1994 in Farnborough, Kent) is an English cricketer who plays for Northamptonshire. He is a left-handed batsman who also plays as a wicket-keeper.
|Full name||Ben Matthew Duckett|
|Born||17 October 1994
Farnborough, Kent, England
|Bowling style||Right-arm off break|
|Test debut (cap 672)||20 October 2016 v Bangladesh|
|Last Test||17 November 2016 v India|
|ODI debut (cap 246)||7 October 2016 v Bangladesh|
|Last ODI||12 October 2016 v Bangladesh|
|ODI shirt no.||59|
|Domestic team information|
|2012–present||Northamptonshire(squad no. 17)|
Duckett made his debut for Northamptonshire in the 2012 Friends Life t20 against Gloucestershire on 8 July 2012, whilst in his first year of A-Levels at Stowe School.During the 2015 season, he scored four centuries in the County Championship, just managing to break the barrier of a thousand first-class runs in the season, with 1002 at an average of 52.73.
The 2016 season was one of conspicuous success for Duckett. He began the season with a new highest score of 282 not out against Sussex. He scored three other first-class hundreds during the season, scoring 185, 189 and 205, with a total of 1338 runs at 58.17 and played in the semi-final and final of the Twenty20 Blast for Northants. He finished on the winning side in the final, and had particular success in the semi-final, scoring 84 off just 47 balls, and sharing a 132 run partnership with Alex Wakely.
At the end of the season, he was named as the young cricketer of the year by both the Cricket Writers’ Club and the Professional Cricketers’ Association (PCA). He was also named PCA Player of the Year, the first player to win both PCA awards in the same season.
Duckett was included in the England Under-19 squad for the 2012 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup.
In July 2016, he was selected for the England Lions squad for the series against Pakistan A and Sri Lanka A.In the first match, he scored 163 not out off just 104 balls. In the 6th match against Sri Lanka A, he scored 220* off just 131 balls during an unbeaten second wicket partnership of 367 with Daniel Bell-Drummond.
Duckett was selected in the squad for the Test and ODI matches in the tour of Bangladesh. He made his England debut in the first ODI against Bangladesh.He scored 60 as England made 309 to win the game by 21 runs. He was out for a duck in the second game, which England lost. He returned to form in the final game, top scoring for England with 63 to help them chase down Bangladesh’s target of 278 and win the match by four wickets to win the series 2-1.
Duckett made his Test debut against Bangladesh following his good performances in the ODI side.He scored 14 in the first innings as England scored 293 in their first innings, before making 15 in the second innings as England won by 22 runs. He made seven in the first innings of the second Test, and scored his maiden Test half-century in the second innings, scoring 56, although England lost by 108 runs.
He was also selected for the tour to India this time though batting at 4 with Haseeb Hameed opening. In the first Test between the two sides he made 13 in the first innings and did not bat in the second as the match ended in a draw. In the second Test he made five as England were dismissed for 255, and was out for a duck in the second innings as England went on to lose the match by 246 runs. He was dropped after the 2nd Test after a relatively poor series.