Ben Duckett has been named among the top five players in the game for last year by Wisden.
The outstanding performance of the Northants batsman in 2016 earned him a spot in the 154th edition after he scored 2706 runs.
The feat by the left handed cricket star is the highest in seven years in an English season since Marcus Trescothick. Trescothick, who is also a left hander, scored 2934 runs in 2009 in an English season but no one has come close to breaking his record.
Duckett played for Northants in all formats last summer, scoring the match winner in the semi final of the NatWest Trophy T20 Blast. He also impressed for England at the tri nations series and in the one-day international series in Bangladesh.The player hit two half centuries to help his country win the series and it earned him a spot in the Test team in the India tour. (more…)
Graeme Swann believes the wicketkeeper of a team has to act like a skipper while the team is bowling.
It’s his duty to create some buzz and buck everyone up when the intensity goes down.
Remembering Matt Prior, the keeper who kept for Swann for almost whole his career, the off spinner wrote in one of his pieces that whenever Prior was behind the wickets, there was no question of the team drifting away from the game because he would always shout, would pat the bowlers he thought were losing the plot. The current English keeper Bairstow can take a leaf out of his book as he is not that chirpy.
Swann believes there are two kinds of bowlers, one like him who, when he was smashed around by the batters, would prefer to be alone and not to be chatted with too much and try and find a way out himself and the other like Moeen Ali who, in that situation, would like someone to come to him and say it’s alright, keep going. As per Swann, at Kia Oval, when Moeen was taken for a boundary every third or fourth ball he was bowling, Bairstow or any other senior player should have gone to him and provided him that encouragement, but, nobody did that. (more…)