Bangladesh v England: A chance to shine for many in touring party

Ben Duckett gets his chance after a superb domestic season
Ben Duckett gets his chance after a superb domestic season

England's tour of Bangladesh got underway on Friday, with a number of new faces in the squad. James Buttler profiles the new boys as well as those with plenty to prove..

"Duckett fills the number three berth vacated by Root for his international debut. Nothing seems to rattle the 22-year-old and you'd not put it past him to end 2016 by announcing himself to the international scene in his customary style."

England players can use Bangladesh ODIs to stake future claims


England's top order is missing three players who would be useful in Bangladesh conditions. ODI captain Eoin Morgan and prolific one-day opener Alex Hales opt to remain at home amid security concerns following July's deadly terror attack on a Dhaka café. Joe Root has been rested ahead of the Test series.

Mark Wood too misses out after suffering a relapse in his recovery from an injury that saw him miss England's international summer.

Jos Buttler takes charge of the team, while Jonny Bairstow, James Vince and Ben Duckett look set to join Jason Roy and Ben Stokes in the top five. But a reshuffled pack provides a huge opportunity for some to introduce themselves to the world, or to enhance reputations.

England in Bangladesh is always described as a 'difficult' tour, often meaning it's not a sightseeingly comfortable as Barbados or Melbourne. This time around add a nation playing its first major home series since the Dhaka atrocities, a fervent home support denied an ODI since February as a result and you've got a bobby dazzler on your hands.

In the past runs and wickets in Bangladesh have been seen as easier pickings. This time around, against a Bangladesh side that has won 17 of its last 20 ODIs played in home soil, that is not the case. If you've ever encountered a tiger in it's own backyard you are probably not reading this. Despite England's recent improvement in the one-day arena, dangerous Bangladesh have serious teeth.


The new boys


Everything Duckett has touched in 2016 has turned to gold. His place in Bangladesh comes off the back of a superb season for Northamptonshire in all formats and every post-season award imaginable now line his creaking mantlepiece. He scored 2,706 runs this summer, including three double centuries, across all formats for Northamptonshire and England Lions.

He fills the number three berth vacated by Root for his international debut. Nothing seems to rattle the 22-year-old and you'd not put it past him to end 2016 by announcing himself to the international scene in his customary style.

Jake Ball is the only other uncapped player at ODI level in the squad. The Nottinghamshire seamer has made huge strides forward in the last year and won a solitary Test cap this summer. He took 54 first-class wickets at 23,27 this summer and the 25-year-old is creating enough waves to be England's long-term replacement for Jimmy Anderson.

The England hierarchy have high hopes for Ball and it would be no surprise to see him make the starting XI for the ODIs, but his initial selection for just the one-day part of this tour was a surprise. Just six wickets in List A cricket for Nottinghamshire in 2016 suggests his true talent lies in the longer format. Anderson's withdrawal from the Test squad for the Bangladesh trip could well see him add to his solitary Test cap later in the tour.

Points to prove


James Vince has suffered a difficult start to his embryonic England career. His Test aspirations took a hit when his seven Test appearances this summer yielded only 212 runs with a highest score of 42. If you are going to be critical of the Hampshire captain it's that he often makes a pleasant 20 or 30 and then gets out. That's not good enough at the top level.

He has experience of playing in the Pakistan Super League so the subcontinent shouldn't hold too many fears and will view this ODI series as a great chance to get his international aspirations back on track. It's make or break time.

The turning tracks should help the leggie Adil Rashid. Still considered as England's second spinner behind Moeen Ali, this tour could be a watershed moment in his career. While Moeen was always a batsman that bowled a bit at county level before being groomed as a front-liner when there was no one else to turn to, Rashid has always been considered a true all-rounder by Yorkshire.

While the tour warm-up match showed the BCB Select XI got after him with 78 runs coming from his 10 overs, but that could work in his favour. He likes it when batsmen take him on as he tends to collect wickets en route. One to watch in the top wicket taker markets.

Full squad

Jos Buttler (captain, Lancashire), Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire), Jake Ball (Nottinghamshire), Sam Billings (Kent), Liam Dawson (Hampshire), Ben Duckett (Northamptonshire), Steven Finn (Middlesex), Liam Plunkett (Yorkshire), Adil Rashid (Yorkshire), Jason Roy (Surrey), Ben Stokes (Durham), James Vince (Hampshire), David Willey (Yorkshire), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire).

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