Ben Duckett 'not only player in drinks prank'


The BBC reported Duckett, who was travelling as part of the England-A Lions side, was suspended from playing on the tour after dousing England's all-time leading wicket taker and Ashes opening bowler James Anderson at a Perth bar.

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

"Following a disciplinary hearing with England Lions player Ben Duckett, ECB can confirm the following measures have been placed on the player".

There will be those who question the severity of a punishment, meted out by Lions coach Andy Flower with team director Andrew Strauss and European Central Bank chief executive Tom Harrison, for what, in isolation, may seem a minor offence.

Moeen Ali is not happy with behaviour displayed by young England players.

England Lions' opener Ben Duckett has been fined and suspended for the remaining matches in Australia following his bar prank in Perth. His England future is also hanging by a thread after a final warning.

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

Moeen, who does not drink alcohol, added: "We're playing for England, so we wear the England badge wherever we go".

"Off-field behaviour needs to improve and we all know that".

'As professionals we know scrutiny is on us and we have to be careful. "These kind of things possibly can turn them away and that's not what we want".

England management were fuming on Saturday and are considering ending careers of those they think are repeat offenders. Not to mention help them attract the sponsors the game badly needs.

"I've been through all that, so no, I don't have a chuckle at that", Lehmann told reporters on Sunday. 'It's not my sort of scene. It's not always easy. "But when you do go out you have to behave yourself".

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'I'm not a massive guy for going out. "I understand why people drink, but there's a responsibility that comes with that".

He likes the odd drink to relax, but I think this is out of character. Just without the hangover the next day'.

The CA XI went after spinners Jack Leach and Mason Crane while seamer Mark Wood, touted as a potential inclusion for this week's third Ashes Test against Australia in Perth, conceded more than six an over.

There could be more like him.

Despite England's precarious position, Lehmann said his side can't afford to take their focus off the job at hand.

If Marsh is selected, it appears certain Peter Handscomb will be axed.

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But interestingly England have exonerated vice-captain Anderson from any blame for the incident even though it could be argued that he was in the wrong to be in that now infamous Perth bar in the early hours apparently having a row with Duckett.