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DUCKETT NAMED AS ONE OF WISDEN'S FIVE CRICKETERS OF THE YEAR


Northamptonshire’s Ben Duckett has been named as one of Wisden’s Five Cricketers of the Year for his performances in 2016.

Ben is honoured in the 154th edition of the famous Almanack – ‘the cricketers’ bible’ – published on Thursday.

He scored 2,706 runs in all cricket last summer, the highest tally in an English season since Marcus Trescothick topped 2,900 in 2009.  His achievements were also recognised with prestigious awards from the Cricket Writers’ Club and the Professional Cricketers’ Association post-season.

Ben joins a select group of cricketers to be selected as one of Wisden’s chosen few (reckoned to be the oldest individual honour in the game, dating back to 1889) whilst playing for Northamptonshire.

George Thompson made the list for his efforts in 1905 – the County’s debut season in first-class cricket – followed by Vallance Jupp (1927), Fred Bakewell (1933), George Tribe (1954), Frank Tyson (1955), Dennis Brookes (1956), Raman Subba Row (1960), Colin Milburn (1966), David Steele (1975), Allan Lamb (1980), Anil Kumble (1995) and Monty Panesar (2006).

In addition, Curtly Ambrose received the accolade for his performances in 1991 – a summer that saw him playing for West Indies in England, although he was still a contracted player at Wantage Road.

Others – including Freddie Brown, Mushtaq Mohammad, Peter Lee, Matthew Hayden and Graeme Swann – have been honoured by Wisden either before joining or after leaving the club.

Wisden's other choices for 2016 were Chris Woakes, Toby Roland-Jones, Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq.

 

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