To say that Ben Duckett has had a good 2016 would be to understate how unprecedented his rise has been. He started the year as the bright, young hope of the future of England's batting. He ended it by scoring a fifty on a raging turner in Mirpur, cementing his place in at least two formats for the national team. And he did it without curbing his natural game.
At the end of the English season he raked up the awards that he had so richly deserved. He became the first man ever to win the Professional Cricketers Association awards as both Cricketer of the Year and Young Cricketer of the Year in the same season. This came about with a season in which he scored over 1300 runs at an average in excess of 60. And he did it all while going at a strike rate of nearly 80 even in the longest format.
His exploits in the 50-over game were even more extraordinary. The summer of 2016 saw Englandd Lions host Pakistan A and Sri Lanka A for a tri series. Duckett scored 448 runs in just matches, 182 more than his closest competitor, Sam Billings. The highlight of this was him scoring 220 not out against a bowling line up that included 6 full Sri Lankan internationals.
A fine player all around the wicket, particularly against spin, Duckett is poised to be one of the stars of future PSL's and for the England team in the years to come.