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Ben Duckett

Ben Duckett
Personal information
Full name
Ben Matthew Duckett
Born (1994-10-17) 17 October 1994 (age 29)
Farnborough, London, England
BowlingRight-arm leg break
RoleTop-order batsman
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 672)20 October 2016 v Bangladesh
Last Test7 March 2024 v India
ODI debut (cap 246)7 October 2016 v Bangladesh
Last ODI9 December 2023 v West Indies
ODI shirt no.17
T20I debut (cap 84)5 May 2019 v Pakistan
Last T20I12 December 2023 v West Indies
T20I shirt no.17
Domestic team information
2018Nottinghamshire (on loan)
2017Islamabad United
2018/19Hobart Hurricanes
2018Nelson Mandela Bay Giants
2021–presentWelsh Fire
2021/22Brisbane Heat
2022Quetta Gladiators
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 20 11 142 82
Runs scored 1,464 395 9,935 2,657
Batting average 40.66 39.50 42.63 38.50
100s/50s 3/7 1/3 27/44 4/17
Top score 182 107* 282* 220*
Balls bowled 149
Wickets 2
Bowling average 49.50
5 wickets in innings 0
10 wickets in match 0
Best bowling 1/15
Catches/stumpings 17/– 5/– 126/3 44/3
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 29 April 2024

Ben Matthew Duckett (born 17 October 1994) is an English cricketer who plays for Nottinghamshire. He is a left-handed batsman who can play as a wicket-keeper. He made his international debut for England in October 2016.

Domestic, under 19 and national career

County cricket

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.[1] 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.[2] 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.[3]

At the end of the season, Duckett was named as the young cricketer of the year by both the Cricket Writers' Club[4] 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.[5]

In March 2019, Duckett scored a double century for Nottinghamshire against Cambridge MCCU during the 2019 Marylebone Cricket Club University Matches from 168 balls. It was the fastest first-class double century by a Nottinghamshire batsman, in terms of balls faced.[6]

Under-19 career and national side

Duckett was included in the England Under-19 squad for the 2012 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup.[7]

In July 2016, Duckett was selected for the England Lions squad for the series against Pakistan A and Sri Lanka A.[8] In the first match, he scored 163 not out off just 104 balls.[9] In the sixth match against Sri Lanka A, he scored 220* off just 131 balls during an unbeaten second wicket partnership of 367 with Daniel Bell-Drummond.

Franchise cricket

He played for the Welsh Fire in the first two editions of The Hundred. In the 2021 season, he captained the team. His performances gained widespread praise, despite a disappointing season for the team - being named in the team of the tournament by ESPN CricInfo.[10] In the 2022 tournament, he again scored over 200 runs despite Welsh Fire ending the season without a win. He left the franchise in 2023, joining Birmingham Phoenix as their first pick of the draft.[11]

International career

2016 Bangladesh

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.[12][13] 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.[14] 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.

2016 India

Duckett was selected for the tour to India though for 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.[15]

2017–18 Ashes tour

Duckett was deselected from the England senior team picked to face a Cricket Australia XI as part the 2017-18 Ashes tour following an incident in a Perth bar.[16] Duckett was alleged to have poured a drink over teammate James Anderson. Duckett was later suspended from playing in the final three England Lions games of the tour, and issued with a fine.[17] He was also dropped for the 2018 England Lions tour of the West Indies on account of the incident.[18]

2019 Pakistan

In April 2019, Duckett was added to England's Twenty20 International (T20I) squad for their one-off match against Pakistan.[19] He made his T20I debut for England against Pakistan on 5 May 2019.[20]


On 29 May 2020, Duckett was named in a 55-man group of players to begin training ahead of international fixtures starting in England following the COVID-19 pandemic.[21][22] On 9 July 2020, Duckett was included in England's 24-man squad to start training behind closed doors for the ODI series against Ireland.[23][24]


Duckett came into the England side on a tour of Pakistan in late 2022. He was seen as having the skill necessary for the so-called Bazball style of cricket adopted by the England team under Ben Stokes and Brendon McCullum.[25] The decision brought immediate success with Zak Crawley and Duckett scoring the fastest ever England century opening stand (83 balls), and Crawley and Duckett scoring the fastest double-century partnership in Test cricket history (233 balls).[26] Duckett remained in the side for the rest of the series.[27]


In May 2024, he was named in England’s squad for the 2024 ICC Men's T20 World Cup tournament.[28]


  1. ^ "Midlands/Wales/West Group: Northamptonshire v Gloucestershire, 8 July 2012". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 18 June 2014.
  2. ^ Winter, Alex. "Duckett desires more than accidental success". Cricinfo. Retrieved 20 April 2016.
  3. ^ Dobell, George. "Duckett stars as Northants reach final". Cricinfo. Retrieved 26 August 2016.
  4. ^ "Cricket writers' 2016 awards for Ben Duckett, Keaton Jennings and Charlotte Edwards". The Guardian. 27 September 2016. Retrieved 28 September 2016.
  5. ^ Wilson, Dean (28 September 2016). "England rookie Ben Duckett lands unprecedented PCA awards double". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 29 September 2016.
  6. ^ "Youthfull Notts Exciting for Double Centurion Duckett". Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club. Retrieved 1 April 2019.
  7. ^ "England U19 World Cup squad named". ECB. 6 July 2012. Archived from the original on 14 May 2014. Retrieved 6 August 2012.
  8. ^ "Dawid Malan to captain England Lions against Pakistan A and Sri Lanka A". The Guardian. 8 July 2016. Retrieved 10 July 2016.
  9. ^ "Recent Match Report – England Lions vs Pakistan A, England A Team Tri-Series, 2nd Match". Retrieved 29 April 2019.
  10. ^ "Moeen Ali, Liam Livingstone, Rashid Khan and Adam Milne in men's Hundred team of the tournament". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 2 June 2023.
  11. ^ "Ben Duckett: It was time for a fresh start". SkySports. Retrieved 2 June 2023.
  12. ^ "Three uncapped players named in Test squad for Bangladesh". ECB. Archived from the original on 17 September 2016. Retrieved 16 September 2016.
  13. ^ "England tour of Bangladesh, 1st ODI: Bangladesh v England at Dhaka, Oct 7, 2016". ESPNcricinfo. ESPN Sports Media. 2 October 2016. Retrieved 7 October 2016.
  14. ^ "England tour of Bangladesh, 1st Test: Bangladesh v England at Chittagong, Oct 20 ,2016". Retrieved 20 October 2016.
  15. ^ "India v England: Eoin Morgan & Alex Hales return to ODI & T20 squads". 5 December 2016. Retrieved 29 April 2019 – via
  16. ^ Shemilt, Stephan (9 December 2017). "Ashes: England's Ben Duckett poured drink over James Anderson in Perth bar". BBC Sport. Retrieved 29 April 2019.
  17. ^ Shemilt, Stephan (10 December 2017). "Duckett suspended after bar incident". BBC Sport. Retrieved 22 July 2023.
  18. ^ "Ben Duckett dropped for England Lions tour to West Indies". BBC Sport. 19 December 2017. Retrieved 29 April 2019.
  19. ^ "England squads update". England and Wales Cricket Board. 29 April 2019. Retrieved 29 April 2019.
  20. ^ "Only T20I, Pakistan tour of England at Cardiff, May 5 2019". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 5 May 2019.
  21. ^ "England Men confirm back-to-training group". England and Wales Cricket Board. Retrieved 29 May 2020.
  22. ^ "Alex Hales, Liam Plunkett left out as England name 55-man training group". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 29 May 2020.
  23. ^ "Injured Chris Jordan misses England's ODI squad to face Ireland". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 9 July 2020.
  24. ^ "England men name behind-closed-doors ODI training group". England and Wales Cricket Board. Retrieved 9 July 2020.
  25. ^ "Duckett and Livingstone step up as England bring Bazball to Pakistan". The Guardian.
  26. ^ "The incredible stats from England's record-breaking Bazball blitz in Pakistan". The Daily Telegraph.
  27. ^ "England's opening pair are not yet great but are perfect for Bazball". The Daily Telegraph.
  28. ^ "England's Squad for the ICC Men's T20I World Cup 2024". ScoreWaves. Retrieved 11 June 2024.
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