Ben Duckett impresses as England draw with Bangladesh Cricket Board XI

Ben Duckett batting against the Bangladesh Cricket Board XI

Tour match, Chittagong
England 137-4 (45 overs): Duckett 59 retired, Sabbir 3-27
BCB XI 136-4 (44 overs): Nafees 51 retired, Batty 2-31
Match drawn

Ben Duckett enhanced claims for a Test debut but England struggled to a draw with a Bangladesh Cricket Board XI.

The scheduled two-day game became 45 overs per side, with batsmen able to retire out, after the opening day was abandoned due to a wet outfield.

Duckett struck 59 from 63 balls as Haseeb Hameed made 16 in England’s 137-4 while the BCB XI closed on 136-4.

Off-spinner Gareth Batty, bidding to make a Test return aged 39 after an 11-year exile, took 2-31 in Chittagong.

There is a two-day match between the sides, starting on Sunday, before Thursday’s first Test.

England were captained by Joe Root in the absence of Alastair Cook, who returned home for the birth of his second child.

The tourists opened with 19-year-old Lancashire batsman Hameed and 21-year-old Duckett of Northants, both of whom are bidding to partner Cook at the top of the order in the first Test.

Duckett, who made two scores in the 60s during the one-day series that England won 2-1, survived a caught behind shout when on five but he had moved to 21 before the more compact Hameed had got off the mark.

The left-hander recorded a 59-ball half-century when Hameed had only reached five at the other end and then retired at the MA Aziz Stadium, where the hosts used eight bowlers.

Root made just two before being trapped in front by Sabbir Rahman, who then produced some turn and bounce to take the edge of Hameed for 16 in his next over.

BCB XI openers Shahriar Nafees (51) and Soumya Sarkar (33) both retired as they reached 88-0 after 28 overs, while Batty was the only England bowler to dismiss batsmen on the field.

BBC Sport – Cricket

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