Injured Anderson, Wood out of Bangladesh tour

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Reuters: England pace duo James Anderson and Mark Wood have been ruled out of the team’s tour of Bangladesh following recurrence of their recent injuries, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said on Thursday.

Anderson, who is England’s all-time leading test wicket-taker, sustained a stress fracture during the home series against Sri Lanka in June, though he did play three tests against Pakistan in July and August.

“He requires more time to ensure optimal healing of a stress fracture he sustained during the summer,” the ECB said of the 34-year-old in a statement.

Nottinghamshire’s Jake Ball was added to the test squad but the selectors would consider a further replacement at a later date, the board said. Durham seamer Wood has had a recurrence of left ankle symptoms and was replaced by Middlesex’s Steven Finn in the one-day squad. England play three one-day internationals beginning on 7 October followed by tests in Chittagong from 20 October and Dhaka from 28 October before they begin a tour of India, which includes five tests with the first starting on 9 November.

Duckett heads to Bangladesh with unique awards double

AFP: Northamptonshire batsman Ben Duckett’s breakthrough campaign saw him become the first player to be named players’ player of the year and young player of the year in the same season by England’s Professional Cricketers’ Association on Wednesday.

The uncapped 21-year-old left-hander will travel with England to Bangladesh this week on his first full international tour after a prolific campaign in county cricket.

Duckett’s excellence helped Northamptonshire win the Twenty20 Blast and he also amassed 1,338 runs in the County Championship Second Division. His season featured a host of highlights, including two unbeaten double-centuries: 282 in the Championship against Sussex in April, and 220 from just 131 balls for England Lions against Sri Lanka A in July.

The England selectors took note and have included him in their squads for both the one-day international and Test legs of the Bangladesh tour.

“I can’t keep the smile off my face,” said Duckett, who was also named young player of the year by the Cricket Writers’ Club a day earlier.

“I wasn’t expecting this. To be nominated for both awards was an honour in itself - so to win them both is something very special.”

Duckett added: “I got my England call-ups, and so many other things have happened.

“If someone had said at the start of the season that all this would happen I wouldn’t have believed it.

“What makes the PCA awards so special is that you are voted for by your peers - people you play against vote for you, and that means a lot to me,” explained Duckett.

“Most of the guys who have won the awards in the past have played for England or in international cricket - so to follow them is a very great honour.”