A Shift in Focus
Ben Duckett is redirecting his attention to the ODI World Cup and a prospective encounter with India’s Ravichandran Ashwin, after the surprising exclusion of Jason Roy brought a semblance of consolation for his own omission from the England squad.
The Fringe Player’s Perspective
Being an established opening batter in Tests, Duckett’s presence in the ODI set-up is less prominent, and he was not taken aback by his non-inclusion in England’s squad for the upcoming championship in India. This exclusion has only heightened his determination to break into the white-ball squad, a feat he acknowledges is challenging given the high standards set by players like Jason Roy.
Reflections on Roy’s Contribution
The departure of Roy, instrumental in England’s 2019 victory, has fuelled rumours about his possible exit from international cricket. Duckett, while recognising the harshness of the situation on Roy, reveres his incredible achievements and his captivating batting style. “It’s really tough on Jason. But what he’s achieved in an England shirt has been incredible. I used to watch him and love seeing him bat,” Duckett remarked.
The Journey Ahead
Serving as the deputy to stand-in captain Zak Crawley for the Ireland series, Duckett is preparing for his subsequent Test series in India. The series will be a testing ground for Duckett, who will face Ashwin, a spinner who has had the upper hand in their previous encounters. Despite the anticipated challenges, Duckett and Ben Stokes’ England are poised to present a different brand of cricket, one that is exciting and untested in the Indian subcontinent.
A Glimpse into the Future
Duckett is optimistic about the introduction of multi-year contracts, viewing them as a means of providing security and encouraging players’ dedication to England. “The security of players wanting to keep playing for England is perfect,” he stated, emphasising that representing his country is his primary motivation, with contracts being a secondary benefit.