Trott impressed with Hameed and Duckett


Jonathan Trott has praised recent England call-ups Haseeb Hameed and Ben Duckett as the pair compete to open the batting for the two-Test tour of Bangladesh.

Teenager Hameed and 21-year-old Duckett - who made his international bow in the opening one-day international with Bangladesh on Friday - have been rewarded for impressive seasons with Lancashire and Northamptonshire respectively, and the duo have filled the international void left by Alex Hales' decision not to travel over security concerns, with batsman James Vince dropped due to a lack of runs against Sri Lanka and Pakistan.

Warwickshire star Trott, who averaged 44.08 for England in 52 Tests, is an admirer of both and believes England have a tough call to make on who to select in the Test matches.

He told Omnisport: "I've seen Hameed this season and been very impressed with him this year. He got a hundred against us at Old Trafford and obviously he played against us at the end of the season in our last game.

"It'll be interesting to see how he handles the pressure being 18 and being selected for England and all the scrutiny that goes with it. He seems quite an impressive young man.

"Ben Duckett seems a very talented player, a guy who is very, very positive at the crease. From ball one he looks to be really positive and he looks a really confident type of character, so seeing how they handle international cricket is going to be really interesting.

"Ben Duckett won the Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year, which hasn't been done for yonks.

"I hope they both do really, really well and obviously it's up to [England coach] Trevor Bayliss which one he goes with."

The first Test begins in Chittagong on October 20.

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