James Faulkner to miss ODI series in UK following 4-match suspension

Sydney: Australian all-rounder James Faulkner will miss the upcoming ODI tour of British Isles after he was suspended by Cricket Australia (CA) today for being charged with drink-driving in England.

The 25-year-old cricketer, man of the match in Australia's World Cup triumph earlier this year, has been charged with a level three offence under CA's 'Code of Behaviour' after he was found to have been driving under the influence of alcohol in the United Kingdom earlier this month.

He received a four-match ban and will not be able to play against Ireland and England in late August and September this year.

James Faulkner
James Faulkner

He returned a reading of 100 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath, with the legal limit in the UK being 35mg. 

Faulkner, who is in the UK playing for county team Lancashire and is not part of the current 17-man Ashes touring party, was offered, and accepted the punishment rather than undergo a formal hearing before CA's Code of Behaviour Commissioner.

"James has acknowledged the seriousness of his actions and has accepted the penalties handed down today," Cricket Australia Executive General Manager of Team Performance Pat Howard said.

"He has cooperated fully with the disciplinary procedure and is deeply remorseful. We have reminded James that his actions had serious potential to cause harm to him and others.

"Aside from the suspension handed down, he has been formally reprimanded for his behaviour.

"In saying that, we do acknowledge that James has been a player with a good track record and we would like to think
that this episode is very much out of character."

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