Duckett suspended for drunken misdeed


As England attempt to stamp out drunken behaviour, the 23-year-old was also fined the maximum amount for an England-A player (approximately NZ$3000) and issued a final written warning over his conduct.

Ben Duckett escaped the axe from England Lions' tour of Australia but was left to take the blame for a night out on which other players were committing the same trivial if childish offence - pouring drinks over each other.

Duckett was due to play for England XI in Perth over the weekend but was suspended following a report that he poured a drink over James Anderson in a bar in the early hours of Friday morning.

But at this stage, none of their punishments has been as severe as that dished out to Duckett.

Moeen Ali has acknowledged England's team culture "maybe needs to change slightly" after another controversial incident on their Ashes tour of Australia.

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It is understood, however, that he was not the only player partaking in such activity last Thursday night in The Avenue bar, where Jonny Bairstow infamously greeted Cameron Bancroft with a gentle headbutt in October.

England's full Ashes tour was beset by off-field issues before it even began, most notably with the suspension of Ben Stokes from worldwide cricket.

Despite being suspended from playing, Duckett, 23, will remain with the squad as they prepare to play three Twenty20 matches against Perth Scorchers before Christmas. It was also the first time they were no longer subject to a midnight curfew, imposed by European Central Bank director Andrew Strauss at the end of last month in response to the embarrassment caused by Bairstow's unusual but benign method of introducing himself to Bancroft.

"We're playing for England, so we wear the England badge wherever we go". They are already missing the services of all-rounder Ben Stokes who was involved in an infamous Bristol brawl episode in September 2017.

Moeen, who led England for the first time in the drawn two-day tour match against a Cricket Australia XI, is teetotal and a practising Muslim, and could be forgiven for feeling a little mystified by events. "With young kids watching and hearing the news, we have to be on our best behaviour". It's not always easy and the guys are on tour for a long time. Through county cricket all the way up to worldwide cricket, the individual needs to be responsible for his behaviour.