Full name Benny Alexander Cameron Howell
Born October 5, 1988, Bordeaux, France
Current age 28 years 105 days
Major teams Gloucestershire, Gloucestershire 2nd XI, Hampshire, Hampshire 2nd XI, Khulna Titans, Unicorns
Nickname Trowell, Growler
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium-fast
|First-class debut||Hampshire v Lancashire at Southampton, May 24-26, 2011 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Sussex v Gloucestershire at Hove, Aug 13-16, 2016 scorecard|
|List A debut||Hampshire v Leicestershire at Southampton, Aug 17, 2010 scorecard|
|Last List A||Gloucestershire v Essex at Bristol, Aug 2, 2016 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Canada v Hampshire at North Sound, Jan 11, 2011 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Khulna Titans v Rajshahi Kings at Dhaka, Dec 7, 2016 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|12, 0/16||Titans||v Raj Kings||Dhaka||7 Dec 2016||T20|
|1/35, 4||Titans||v Dynamites||Dhaka||6 Dec 2016||T20|
|1/14, 26*||Titans||v Dynamites||Dhaka||4 Dec 2016||T20|
|12*, 2/25||Titans||v Victorians||Dhaka||2 Dec 2016||T20|
|3, 1/31||Titans||v Riders||Chittagong||22 Nov 2016||T20|
|0, 1/97, 4||Gloucs||v Sussex||Hove||13 Aug 2016||FC|
|1/37, 12||Gloucs||v Durham||Bristol||10 Aug 2016||T20|
|-||Gloucs||v Essex||Bristol||2 Aug 2016||LA|
|2, 1/27||Gloucs||v Kent||Canterbury||31 Jul 2016||LA|
|3/18, 9||Gloucs||v Middlesex||Bristol||29 Jul 2016||T20|
Benny Howell, born in Bordeaux but educated at the Oratory School in Berkshire, is a top-order batsman and handy medium-pacer who has found himself a role at Gloucestershire.
He has gained prominence as a T20 specialist, taking 24 wickets in the NatWest Blast in 2016 and becoming the first English professional to sign up for the Bangladesh Premier League that day, in defiance of PCA advice that security could not be guaranteed; others followed his lead as England's tour, highly protected, passed off without incident. Howell said that his interest in baseball had influenced his bowling technique in T20 as he concentrated on shifting pace, increasing his change-ups - his knuckle-ball was particularly effective - and moving the ball in the air. Gloucestershire gave him a new three-year contract at the end of the season.
He had been on Hampshire's books for several years - having come through their academy - before his first team debut in limited-overs cricket in 2010. He travelled with Hampshire to the Caribbean T20 in January 2011 and made his first-class debut against Lancashire later that summer, scoring 71 in the second innings. But that turned out to be his only first-class match for Hampshire as he was released at the end of the 2011 season.
He tried to restart his career with Gloucestershire and made his 2nd XI debut in April 2012, making a double century at Bristol. His performance earned him an immediate first-team debut at Canterbury, where he made 44 and 10 in a drawn game. He played the entire first-class season in 2013 and contributed nearly 600 runs and took 30 wickets. He posted a gritty maiden Championship hundred against Leicestershire at the Cheltenham Festival in 2015 and his three wickets the same season helped turn a Royal London Cup semi-final against Yorkshire at Headingley - a competition that Gloucestershire went on to win, their first trophy since 2004.
Howell holds both English and Australian passports - his mother is Australian and his parents live Down Under - and he spends his winters playing club cricket in Australia.
As Hashim Amla prepares to play his 100th Test, his former and current team-mates offer insight into the making of a great batsman
Some of the reactions on Twitter to Virat Kohli's record-equalling hundred during India's chase in Pune
Stats highlights from the first ODI between India and England in Pune
Kedar Jadhav battled physical exertion and pain as he played the innings of his life, but there could not have been a better balm to soothe those pains than watching his team go the distance
Transitions in leadership are very much a talking point at the moment. India's ODI handover had hallmarks of the old and new ways
Australia's selectors are set to announce the squad for the Test series in India on Sunday
The shot Shakib Al Hasan played to be dismissed on day five at Basin Reserve defies explanation. It also prompts a few questions
On the eve of Hashim Amla's 100th Test, ESPNcricinfo selects seven of his most memorable hundreds
Junaid Khan's journey over the last two years has not been an easy one but at the MCG on Sunday, he paired with Mohammad Amir to script an important win for the side