Published: Mon, December 11, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Duckett suspended from remaining Lions fixtures in Australia

Duckett suspended from remaining Lions fixtures in Australia

England Lions batsman Ben Duckett has been suspended from playing on their tour of Australia after pouring a drink over James Anderson in a Perth bar.

England threw the disciplinary book at Ben Duckett in an attempt to show their Ashes miscreants they must clean up their act.

Moeen Ali is not happy with behaviour displayed by young England players.

Ben Stokes is absent while he waits to hear whether he will be charged for his involvement in an altercation that took place in Bristol in September, while Jonny Bairstow's headbutting of Australia batsman Cameron Bancroft prior to the Ashes provided another lamentable distraction.

The Lions will play three Twenty20 matches against Perth Scorchers and Duckett will remain with the squad.

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. But as the European Central Bank seeks to ensure the image of the game is attractive to a family audience and in light of his past history (he lost the England Under-19 captaincy due to fitness issues and then missed a Northants pre-season tour for similar reasons), Duckett might reflect on whether he has embraced the level of sacrifice and discipline inherent in the life of an global sportsperson. 'The individual needs to be responsible for his own behaviour'.

'As professionals we know scrutiny is on us and we have to be careful.

The latest controversy to engulf the England camp is likely to be music to Australia's ears ahead of the third Test at Perth, which starts on Thursday. This sort of thing could turn them away and that's not what we want'.

Moeen, who does not drink alcohol, added: "We're playing for England, so we wear the England badge wherever we go".

England management were fuming on Saturday and are considering ending careers of those they think are repeat offenders.

"I've been through all that, so no, I don't have a chuckle at that", Lehmann told reporters on Sunday.

'But maybe the culture needs to change now. It's not always easy, and the guys are on tour for a long time and feel like they want to go out. "But when you do go out you have to behave yourself". "I understand why people drink, but there's a responsibility that comes with that".

"I still believe you can enjoy yourself without drinking".

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