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England cricket an embarrassment

Moeen Ali Moeen Ali
Domingo Copeland | 12 December, 2017, 18:51

England's Ashes tour has been thrown into further controversy after batsman Ben Duckett was suspended over an incident at a bar.

England's third alcohol-related episode in the space of fourth months will intensify pressure on Bayliss, with former captain Kevin Pietersen calling English cricket "a f.ing embarrassment" on Twitter.

Bayliss confirmed that the 23-year-old Duckett, who is part of the England Lions training team in Australia, had poured a drink on a senior England player - with reports suggesting it was paceman James Anderson - after a heated argument late on Thursday.

With just three tests remaining in the Ashes, Australia now lead 2-0 after claiming victory in Adelaide - winning by 120 runs.

That measure was taken in response to reports of Jonny Bairstow's "headbutt" greeting for Cameron Bancroft - a playful prank from the Yorkshireman, also in a Perth bar on the first night of England's tour back in October.

"I'm not sure exactly what more I can say". He was among a handful of top-up players from England's A outfit set to play this weekend's tour game.

"It's trivial, but in the current climate not acceptable", Bayliss said.

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"I need to coach the team and you end up spending most of the time up in front of the cameras trying to explain this and behaviour that the boys have already been warned about".

Duckett, who has featured for the England Lions in Australia this winter, was on a night out in Perth on Thursday night with his teammates as well as some of the England Test players, following the relaxation of a team curfew by European Central Bank director Andrew Strauss the same day.

"Everyone has been warned that even small things can be blown out of all proportion".

On the first night out after England's Test players returned to Perth, Duckett was out with some of them and his Lions colleagues - although it is not clear as yet whether any other members of either touring squad will face a disciplinary procedure.

The ECB and Stokes, who remains unavailable for internationals but its playing domestic cricket for Canterbury in New Zealand's domestic 50-over competition, are sweating on a verdict from United Kingdom prosecutors regarding the September incident.

"We're all grown men and should know how to behave, through county cricket all the way up to global cricket, the individual needs to be responsible for his behaviour", he said after captaining England in a drawn two-day game in Perth.

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