Moeen Ali to lead England in Perth warm-up


Duckett, an opener touring with the England Lions, was stood down after reportedly pouring a beer over a senior teammate following an argument in a Perth bar on Thursday.

No members of the public were involved in the incident and England team security were present, it is understood.

"You're here to coach the team and you end up spending most of the time in front of cameras, trying to explain some behaviour that we've been warned about."

Left-hand top-order batsman Duckett has now been suspended and is facing a disciplinary investigation.

Moeen Ali has been named the captain of the England XI, which will play a two-day warm-up match against Cricket Australia XI at Richardson Park in Perth this weekend.

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Duckett's suspension is another blow for England cricket, after Jonny Bairstow was accused of "headbutbutting" Australia batsman Cameron Bancroft in a Perth bar at the beginning of the Ashes tour in November.

It was the first night after England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) director of cricket Andrew Strauss agreed to a relaxing of the midnight curfew placed on the Test squad a fortnight ago.

Wood is one of six Lions players included in the two-day game after 10 of the senior squad were rested.

"I'm not sure exactly what more I can say, so I'm sure there'll be some stern words from above".

While Moeen himself is under pressure to find form following a lacklustre showing in Adelaide, where he went wicketless and registered scores of 25 and 2, he'll take charge of a team stacked with potential options to refresh the national side.