Ben Duckett incident blown out of proportion: James Anderson

Updated: Dec 13, 2017, 12:46 IST | PA Sports

James Anderson believes the incident that saw England Lions batsman Ben Duckett pour a drink over the bowler's head was "blown out of proportion"

James Anderson believes the incident that saw England Lions batsman Ben Duckett pour a drink over the bowler's head was "blown out of proportion". Duckett was suspended from the remainder of the Lions tour after his prank on England's all-time leading wicket-taker, which took place at the same bar in Perth where Jonny Bairstow delivered his 'head-butt' greeting for Australia opener Cameron Bancroft.

England batsman Duckett
England batsman Duckett

Anderson is aware the players are under bigger scrutiny but downplayed what happened with Duckett. "The incident with Ben Duckett was not malicious and was a bit of a non-event but we understand that in this climate we have to be smarter in the future," he wrote in the Telegraph. "The frustrating thing is that what was a silly incident would have gone unnoticed before but now puts an unfair question mark over our culture. "We are not those type of people. Five players from the squad have gone to see an England fan who is terminally ill and can't come and watch the Test match. That sort of thing is not reported, which is fine, but is a fairer representation of this group of players rather than a couple of minor incidents in bars that have been blown out of all proportion."

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