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England Young Guns Haseeb Hameed and Ben Duckett Get MCC Call

AFP | Updated: January 27, 2017, 10:28 PM IST
England Young Guns Haseeb Hameed and Ben Duckett Get MCC Call

Haseeb Hameed. (AFP Photo)

London: England internationals Haseeb Hameed and Ben Duckett have both been selected in Marylebone Cricket Club's XI for their County Championship match against Middlesex in March.

Both batsmen made their England Test debuts during the recent tour of Bangladesh and India.

Hameed, 20, recovering from a broken finger suffered in India, and Duckett, 22, have also been selected for the second-string England Lions' upcoming tour of Sri Lanka.

Kent batsman Sam Northeast will captain a youthful side including England Lions Joe Clarke, Tom Alsop and Lewis Gregory.

Worcestershire wicket-keeper Ben Cox, Kent all-rounder Matt Coles, Yorkshire seamer Matt Fisher and Hampshire leg-spinner Mason Crane complete MCC's XI.

"Having worked closely with the England selectors to assemble this group, I am very pleased with the fantastic talent we have at our disposal," said MCC head of cricket John Stephenson in a club statement.

"Haseeb Hameed, Joe Clarke and Ben Duckett are three of the most exciting young batsmen in the country at the moment, and I'm looking forward to seeing them," the former England international added.

"We've also selected a youthful and varied bowling attack which I'm sure will pose problems for the Middlesex batsmen.

Traditionally played at Lord's -- a ground owned by MCC and the headquarters of Middlesex -- since 2009 the Champion County match, the curtain-raiser to the English season, transformed into a four-day day/night floodlit contest in Abu Dhabi.

This will be Middlesex’s first involvement in the fixture in its current format, after they won the 2016 County Championship -- their first Championship title in 23 years.

Although its is nearly 50 years since MCC ceased to run English cricket, it retains worldwide responsibility for the sport's Laws or rules.
First Published: January 27, 2017, 10:23 PM IST

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