England's Duckett suspended from playing after bar incident


It might have been a bit of light-hearted fun, but the decision to pour beer over a teammate's head has cost England batsman Ben Duckett his spot on their tour of Australia.

Privately, England believe the players are sheepish over what happened in Perth last week when Ben Duckett threw a drink over James Anderson.

Duckett's punishment for tipping a drink on Jimmy Anderson has been widely criticised by several past players and pundits.

Duckett, who has played four Test matches, was due to feature in the two-day game against a Cricket Australia XI this weekend but was replaced by Joe Clarke as the England and Wales Cricket Board investigated the incident. The chorus of criticism is likely to grow louder after United Kingdom newspaper The Times reported other players were also misbehaving in exactly the same fashion during the same boozy night out.

The players had a midnight curfew imposed on them after it emerged that wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow headbutted Australian opener Cameron Bancroft in a Perth bar earlier in the tour.

Australia can regain the Ashes urn with victory in the third Test starting on Thursday in Perth following big wins in Brisbane and Adelaide. Earlier, England had arrived in Australia amidst a lot of criticism after star all-rounder Ben Stokes was involved in a brawl outside a Bristol nightclub in September, which is awaiting a verdict from United Kingdom prosecutors.

There’s been plenty of niggle this summer
There’s been plenty of niggle this summer

Ben Duckett is to remain with the England Lions tour of Australia but will play no further part in any remaining matches and has received a final written warning over his conduct.

England coach Trevor Bayliss described Duckett's actions as "not acceptable" on Saturday and expressed his frustration at having to constantly explain the off-field behaviour of his players to the media.

An incredulous Bayliss is seething about the sideshow that former England skipper Kevin Pietersen has branded a "f. embarrassment".

"Trevor Bayliss, Andrew Strauss and all the guys who get most of the flak for it... you feel for them", Moeen added. "They can't keep making the same mistakes".

'We're all grown men and we should know how to behave, ' the all-rounder said. "The off-field behaviour needs to improve, and we all know that".

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