Northamptonshire’s Ben Duckett has been called up for England Under-19s for the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup in Australia next month.
The 17-year-old batsman/wicketkeeper, who has come through the ranks at Wantage Road, is part of a 15-man squad for the competition, which gets underway for England against hosts Australia on August 11.
They will then play Ireland and Nepal in the other group stage matches. If England progress in the competition, they could then go on to face one of 12 other countries in the latter stages.
The squad was selected by the England Development Programme selectors, including David Graveney (EDP Head Selector), Tim Boon (Head Coach), John Abrahams and Iain Brunnschweiler
Graveney said: “The squad we have put together contains strength in depth and some exciting young talent which we look forward to seeing perform on the world stage in Australia.
“It was difficult to reduce the squad from our original 30 names to just 15, but we feel we have a good mix of batting and bowling with strong names in reserve in case of any injuries.”
Boon added: “The squad contains a great blend of players with first-class experience and those with less experience.
“We’ve got some great games to look forward to against top-class opposition at such a prestigious tournament.
“We’re looking to giving them an opportunity to impress at this level and hope will we compete strongly throughout the competition.”
England Under-19 squad: Adam Ball (captain, Kent), Ben Foakes (vice-captain, Essex), Shozair Ali (Warwickshire), Daniel Bell-Drummond (Kent), Ben Collins (Leicestershire), Alex Davies (Lancashire), Ben Duckett (Northamptonshire), Brett Hutton (Nottinghamshire), Aneesh Kapil (Worcestershire), Tom Knight (Derbyshire), Craig Overton (Somerset and Devon), Jamie Overton (Somerset and Devon), Reece Topley (Essex), Kishan Velani (Essex), Sam Wood (Nottinghamshire).