Full name Ben Matthew Duckett
Born October 17, 1994, Farnborough, Kent
Current age 21 years 225 days
Major teams England Under-19s, Northamptonshire, Northamptonshire 2nd XI, Northamptonshire Under-13s, Northamptonshire Under-14s, Northamptonshire Under-15s
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak
Fielding position Wicketkeeper
Education Stowe School
|First-class debut||Northamptonshire v Leicestershire at Northampton, May 15-18, 2013 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Gloucestershire v Northamptonshire at Bristol, May 22-25, 2016 scorecard|
|List A debut||Northamptonshire v Nottinghamshire at Northampton, May 5, 2013 scorecard|
|Last List A||Yorkshire v Northamptonshire at Leeds, Aug 18, 2015 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Northamptonshire v Gloucestershire at Northampton, Jul 8, 2012 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Northamptonshire v Derbyshire at Northampton, May 27, 2016 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|29||Northants||v Derbyshire||Northampton||27 May 2016||T20|
|11, 4||Northants||v Gloucs||Bristol||22 May 2016||FC|
|37*||Northants||v Leics||Leicester||20 May 2016||T20|
|7||Northants||v Kent||Northampton||15 May 2016||FC|
|2, 0||Northants||v Leics||Leicester||8 May 2016||FC|
|60, 0/4||Northants||v Derbyshire||Northampton||1 May 2016||FC|
|0, 58||Northants||v Essex||Chelmsford||24 Apr 2016||FC|
|282*||Northants||v Sussex||Northampton||10 Apr 2016||FC|
|0||Northants||v Oxford MCCU||Oxford||5 Apr 2016||FC|
|4, 120||Northants||v Surrey||The Oval||22 Sep 2015||FC|
Ben Duckett played what many anticipated could be a transformative innings at the start of the 2016 season. Only five players had made higher scores for Northamptonshire than the 282 not out Duckett scored against Sussex in Northampton - it could have been bigger were it not for the washout of the last two days - and all played international cricket: two Australians Mike Hussey and Chris Rogers; Mal Loye and Raman Subba Row.
It continued an eye-catching run of form which brought four Championship hundreds in his last eight innings of 2015, a transformation when Northants' coach David Ripley asked Duckett to open the batting - quite a gamble considering his reputation as an indisciplined middle-order dasher.
Many England cricketers have passed through the Under-19 side, such is the level of age-group planning, but few can boast the Under-19 World Cup batting average achieved by Duckett. He is one of two players - the England captain Alastair Cook being the other - to have averaged more than 60 in the tournament. He also collected man-of-the-match awards with 61 against India in the quarter-final and a century as England beat Australia by one-wicket in the third-place play-off. Duckett, a wicketkeeper and left-handed batsman, and a product of Stowe School, is also making strides at Northants where he has been part of the youth set-up since 11 years old. He made his first team debut at 17 and soon made a maiden fifty against Leicestershire. He then received an unexpected summons to the Northants side as they won the Twenty20 trophy against Surrey at Edgbaston because of an injury sustained by Kyle Coetzer in the semi-final earlier in the day. A few months later, he was dropped by England Under-19s for failing a fitness test and admitted that "complacency" had crept in. His success in the World Cup was proof of his positive response.
His commitment was futher questioned, though, when he was omitted from Northants' pre-season tour of Barbados in 2015 as his fitness levels again fell below expected standards. He was further chastened that summer by a drink-driving ban (having driven his car off a road a year earlier), but responded in the next week with his best T20 score - only 40 - which took Nortnants through to the quarter-final of the NatWest Blast and a career-best 154 against Derbyshire in the Championship.