Ben Duckett strengthened his claims for a Test debut against Bangladesh with a impressive innings of 59 in England's warm-up match against a Bangladesh Cricket Board XI. The 21-year-old left-handed batsman retired out after his eye-catching 63-ball knock, which featured six boundaries.
Duckett enjoyed a starring role in England's one-day series win against Bangladesh and he enhanced his reputation further in the drawn tour match on a turgid wicket in Chittagong. In the absence of England captain Alastair Cook — who has returned home for the birth of his second child — Duckett opened the innings alongside 19-year-old Lancashire batsman Hameed.
The inexperienced duo are thought to be vying to open alongside Cook in the opening Test match in the two-game series, which gets under way on October 20. But it was Duckett who most impressed during the rain-affected two-day match, which was reduced to a 45-over per side contest.
England batted first in Chittagong, with the highly-rated Hameed scoring 16 from 56 balls. Meanwhile, Joe Root — who was rested for the one-day series — could only muster two before he was trapped LBW by Sabbir Rahman.
In response to the tourists' score of 137/4, the Bangladesh Cricket Board XI reached 134/4 before the match was declared a draw. Openers Shahriar Nafees (51) and Soumya Sarkar (33) both retired as they reached 88-0 after 28 overs, before the returning Gareth Batty took two wickets for the Three Lions.
England's final warm-up match is another two-day game in Chittagong starting on Sunday (16 October).