In a short span of time, Ben Duckett has proven to be an integral part of England’s ultra-aggressive style of playing Test cricket. After Alastair Cook, England tried quite a few openers but nobody managed to make the spot his own. However, they now have a lethal opening pair of Ben Duckett and Zak Crawley who can take the game away from the opposition in no time.
“It has been a crazy summer. But any opportunity you get to stick on an England shirt is a massive privilege, no matter what the circumstances are,” Duckett told in an interview with Trent Bridge.
That’s the way they want us to play, not go into our shell: Duckett
“In the first Test I nicked off twice to balls on fifth or sixth stump, but to get off the mark at Lord’s, I slashed one over gully, and that’s what Baz [Brendon McCullum] wanted. I spoke to him and Tres [Marcus Trescothick] after the game and they just said ‘next time, smack it over them’. That’s the way they want us to play, not go into our shell,” Duckett said.