Published: Mon, December 11, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Duckett suspended from remaining Lions fixtures in Australia

Duckett suspended from remaining Lions fixtures in Australia

Lions opener Duckett was left out of England's two-day match against a Cricket Australia XI on Saturday after it emerged he had doused England's all-time leading wicket-taker in a late-night prank.

England threw the disciplinary book at Ben Duckett in an attempt to show their Ashes miscreants they must clean up their act.

Following an investigation led by Lions coach Andy Flower, Duckett is not being sent home but has been fined what the England and Wales Cricket Board describes as the "maximum allowable amount" for a Lions player - thought to be about £1,500.

The controversies continued with wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow's alleged headbutt to Australian debutant Cameron Bancroft at a bar in Perth making the headlines during the first Test at Gabba.

Duckett also received a final written warning over his conduct, but will remain with the Lions side and will only return to England at the end of the camp on December 17.

Ben Duckett has been suspended from all remaining fixtures on England Lions' tour of Australia and given a final written warning over his conduct.

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The latest controversy to engulf the England camp is likely to be music to Australia's ears ahead of the third Test at Perth, which starts on Thursday. The board confirmed Duckett's punishment in a brief statement on Sunday.

All-rounder Moeen Ali has called on his England team-mates to realise their responsibilities and end the flurry of night-time misdemeanours that have dominated their tour of Australia. There are young kids watching and hearing about all this and it's important we are on our best behaviour because we need to inspire the younger generation to take up the game.

They were words delivered quietly and calmly but with no less force than the nearly apoplectic rage with which Trevor Bayliss threatened on Saturday to end the careers of what he considers to be a minority of repeat England offenders. "These kind of things possibly can turn them away and that's not what we want", Moeen said. 'The individual needs to be responsible for his own behaviour'.

"No. I've been through all that, so no, I don't have a chuckle at that", Lehmann said after arriving in Perth. We have team gatherings and obviously I don't drink but I still enjoy myself as much as everybody else.

'But maybe the culture needs to change now. It's not always easy.

However, Lehmann asserted that England's off-field woes were not something to laugh about. "No".

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