CHITTAGONG -  Ben Duckett celebrated his 22nd birthday Monday by scoring another half-century in England's final warm-up before a series against Bangladesh, enhancing his prospects of a Test debut.

Duckett hit 60 including 10 fours as England reached 256 all out in their only innings, replying to a Bangladesh Cricket Board XI's total of 294 at Chittagong's MA Aziz stadium. Duckett retired after completing his fourth half century in the last five innings to allow other England batsmen to get some kind of practice, although few of his teammates made the most of their opportunity. "It's nice to get out in the middle and play a game as opposed to playing in the nets," Duckett said after the match.

Haseeb Hameed, who is vying with the left-hander Duckett for a place at the top of the order in Thursday's opening Test in Chittagong, hit 57 off 125 balls before he also retired. Duckett played down the competition between the two batsmen, neither of whom has made their Test debut.

"We are teammates at the end of the day, so it's not necessarily competition," he said of the 19-year-old Lancashire player. Whoever plays sure deserves it. Like he did today, Has can bat for days. That's the way we play, we are different players."

After Duckett and Hameed's retirements, stand-in skipper Joe Root made 24 before becoming the first of three quick wickets for left-spinner Tanvir Haider soon after the lunch break. Tanvir, who finished with 4-53, had Root caught by wicketkeeper Nurul Hasan before he dismissed Jonny Bairstow (six) and Jos Buttler (four).

Paceman Subashis Roy bowled Ben Stokes for 25 but Gary Ballance played a patient knock to remain unbeaten on 36. After the match beginning in Chittagong on Thursday, the teams will head to Dhaka for the second and final Test.

 

Scoreboard

BCB XI 1ST INNINGS:

Abdul Mazid b Broad 106

Soumya Sarkar c Batty b Woakes 4

Nazmul c Duckett b Ansari 72

Mominul Haque b Ali 1

Mosaddek Hossain c & b Ansari 47

Nurul Hasan c & b Batty 39

Shadman c Ballance b Ansari 2

Tanveer Haider c Bairstow b Broad 5

Taskin Ahmed c & b Batty 3

Subashis Roy not out 0

Al-Amin Hossain c Ali b Ansari 7

EXTRAS: (b 2, lb 5, w 1) 8

TOTAL: (all out; 74.4 overs; 330 mins) 294

FOW: 1-51, 1-127*, 2-130, 3-207, 4-228, 5-234, 6-253, 7-271, 8-282, 9-287, 10-294.

BOWLING: SCJ Broad 10-1-43-2, CR Woakes 9-1-35-1, ZS Ansari 16.4-1-68-4, ST Finn 10-2-24-0, GJ Batty 15-3-55-2, BA Stokes 4-0-21-0, MM Ali 9-0-27-1, JE Root 1-0-14-0.

ENGLAND XI 1ST INNINGS:

H Hameed retired out 57

BM Duckett retired out 60

JE Root c Nurul b Tanveer Haider 24

JM Bairstow c Abu Hider b Tanveer 6

JC Buttler c Mazid b Tanveer Haider 4

BA Stokes b Subashis Roy 25

GS Ballance not out 36

MM Ali b Mosaddek Hossain 15

ZS Ansari run out 1

CR Woakes b Tanveer Haider 23

GJ Batty b Taskin Ahmed 1

EXTRAS: (b 1, w 2, nb 1) 4

TOTAL: (all out; 78.2 overs; 375 mins) 256

FOW: 1-90, 2-115, 3-133, 4-139, 5-178, 6-182, 7-201, 8-212, 9-255, 10-256.

BOWLING: Taskin Ahmed 13.2-1-46-1, Subashis Roy 12-3-26-1, Al-Amin Hossain 10-7-8-0, Ebadat Hossain 10-4-42-0, Tanveer Haider 14-3-53-4, Abu Hider 7-1-35-0, Nazmul Hossain Shanto 1-0-7-0, Mosaddek Hossain 11-1-38-1.

TOSS: BCB XI

UMPIRES: Anisur Rahman and Gazi Sohel

MATCH REFEREE: Raqibul Hasan

RESERVE UMPIRE: Masudur Rahman