Northamptonshire batsman Ben Duckett hit by injury blow

Last Updated February 06 2018, 21:00Cricket
Ben Duckett
Ben Duckett

Northamptonshire batsman Ben Duckett is facing up to three months on the sidelines after deciding to undergo surgery on a long-standing injury to his left hand.

The problem first surfaced at the back end of last season although careful management of the issue allowed him to travel with England Lions to Australia, where the left-hander was suspended and given a final written warning about his conduct after pouring a drink over Test star James Anderson in a Perth bar in December.

Duckett aggravated the injury in training last month and he is now likely to miss the North v South series in Barbados next month.

Northamptonshire confirmed on their official website that Duckett faces "two to three months to make a full recovery" but are optimistic he will be fit for the start of their Specsavers County Championship Division Two campaign at Middlesex on April 13.

Duckett wrote on Twitter: "I'm absolutely gutted to be missing the next few months of cricket.. but in the long term I feel it's the right decision to get my hand operated on. Thank you for all the messages and I look forward to being fit for a big summer."

The 23-year-old, who has played four Tests and three one-day internationals, was chosen as part of a 15-man North squad after his disciplinary issues led to him being dropped from the Lions' current tour of the West Indies.

Related links

Most Read

Check out Ben Linfoot's Value Bets this Saturday1

Value Bet: Designer Label

Ben Linfoot seeks out the best Value Bets in the Betdaq Handicap Chase at Kempton and the Betfred Eider Chase at Newcastle.

Oli Bell selects his Yankee for Saturday's racing2

Oli Bell's Saturday Yankee

After three winners from four last week, ITV Racing presenter Oli Bell is hoping to land a knockout blow with his Saturday Yankee.

Abdoulaye Doucoure of Watford celebrates3

Saturday's Premier League tips

Watford are backed to beat Everton as one of our best bets for Saturday's action in the Premier League.

Luton are part of Saturday's Sporting Life Accumulator4

Sporting Life Accumulator

Four promotion contenders in the Sky Bet EFL are backed for home wins in Saturday's 15/2 Sporting Life Accumulator.

Trainer Paul Nicholls5

Saturday's racing preview

Anita Chambers provides a selection for every race on Saturday, with Paul Nicholls set to strike in the feature at Kempton.

Most Read

Check out Ben Linfoot's Value Bets this Saturday1

Value Bet: Designer Label

Ben Linfoot seeks out the best Value Bets in the Betdaq Handicap Chase at Kempton and the Betfred Eider Chase at Newcastle.

Oli Bell selects his Yankee for Saturday's racing2

Oli Bell's Saturday Yankee

After three winners from four last week, ITV Racing presenter Oli Bell is hoping to land a knockout blow with his Saturday Yankee.

Abdoulaye Doucoure of Watford celebrates3

Saturday's Premier League tips

Watford are backed to beat Everton as one of our best bets for Saturday's action in the Premier League.

Luton are part of Saturday's Sporting Life Accumulator4

Sporting Life Accumulator

Four promotion contenders in the Sky Bet EFL are backed for home wins in Saturday's 15/2 Sporting Life Accumulator.

Trainer Paul Nicholls5

Saturday's racing preview

Anita Chambers provides a selection for every race on Saturday, with Paul Nicholls set to strike in the feature at Kempton.

Racing Tips

Check out Ben Linfoot's Value Bets this Saturday

Value Bet: Designer Label

Ben Linfoot seeks out the best Value Bets in the Betdaq Handicap Chase at Kempton and the Betfred Eider Chase at Newcastle.

Khalidi can go close at Lingfield

Simon Holt: Art attack

Racing commentator Simon Holt previews the feature action at three meetings on Saturday, with Khalidi fancied at Lingfield and Art Mauresque on the radar at Kempton.

Trainer Paul Nicholls

Saturday's racing preview

Anita Chambers provides a selection for every race on Saturday, with Paul Nicholls set to strike in the feature at Kempton.

Next Race Off
08:15 Bangalore
2
(5)
Love Is Life
J: Suraj Narredu
3
(3)
Reverberating
J: Shobhan Babu

Football Tips

Abdoulaye Doucoure of Watford celebrates

Saturday's Premier League tips

Watford are backed to beat Everton as one of our best bets for Saturday's action in the Premier League.

Wolves manager Nuno

Sky Bet EFL betting tips

Nick Hext has a 2/1 selection for Saturday evening's Sky Bet Championship clash between Fulham and Wolves as part of his EFL preview.

Luton are part of Saturday's Sporting Life Accumulator

Sporting Life Accumulator

Four promotion contenders in the Sky Bet EFL are backed for home wins in Saturday's 15/2 Sporting Life Accumulator.