After Stokes, Ben Duckett suspended after bar incident at Perth
After Stokes, now Duckett suspended by ECB over Perth bar incident
England's Ashes tour has been plunged into a fresh crisis with batsman Ben Duckett stood down from a tour game on Saturday and suspended following a new incident in a Perth bar. Duckett, who was selected to open the batting in England's two-day tour match against a Cricket Australia XI in Perth, was a late omission from the team.
England's Ben Duckett. Pic/AFP
Coach Trevor Bayliss confirmed that Duckett was involved in an incident late Thursday where he poured a drink over a senior player, identified in reports as fast bowler James Anderson, following a heated row. "It was boys being boys, I suppose, but totally unacceptable. It's trivial, but in the current climate not acceptable," Bayliss told reporters.
Bayliss said the Northants batsman was suspended by team management while a disciplinary investigation, which will be led by Lions coach Andy Flower, takes place. It was the first night after England and Wales Cricket Board director of cricket Andrew Strauss agreed to a relaxing of the midnight curfew placed on the Test squad a fortnight ago.
That curfew followed news that wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow headbutted Australian Test opener Cameron Bancroft in a Perth bar during the tourists' first night on tour.
All-rounder Ben Stokes is already suspended from the tour after he became involved in an incident outside a Bristol nightclub in September. Keaton Jennings scored 80, while Tom Curran made an unbeaten 77 as England declared their innings at 314 for nine on the opening day of the warm-up match against Cricket Australia XI.
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