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Duckett suspended from remaining Lions fixtures in Australia

Duckett suspended from remaining Lions fixtures in Australia

Instead the opening bat was given the maximum fine of £1,500 and a final written warning about his behaviour after pouring a pint of beer over the head of Test vice-captain Jimmy Anderson in a bar in Perth late on Friday night.

He was initially ruled out of the tour with an ankle injury, but is here with the Lions and was part of a makeshift England featuring one player who has appeared in the Ashes, Moeen Ali. It is understood the fine imposed on Duckett is around £1500.

Bairstow was fined for "professional misconduct" when he and other players were drinking in Bristol the night of Stokes' stoush, but he was cleared of any wrongdoing after it emerged he headbutted Cameron Bancroft during England's first night on tour in Australia.

The Durham quick impressed on a sluggish pitch, struck twice in the morning with balls that hurried the local batsmen up - Travis Dean, who later hit a 68-ball hundred during the evening session, was certainly beaten for pace - and though the third Test at the Waca starting on Thursday is likely to come too soon, he is set to remain with the senior side for the rest of the Ashes series. The board confirmed Duckett's punishment in a brief statement on Sunday.

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




Ben Duckett was left out of England's two-day tour game against Cricket Australia XI. 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.

Earlier, all-rounder Moeen Ali said England's cricketers must improve their off-field behaviour or risk turning a younger generation of players away from the game. Earlier, England had arrived in Australia amidst a lot of criticism after star all-rounder Ben Stokes was involved in a brawl outside a Bristol nightclub in September, which is awaiting a verdict from United Kingdom prosecutors.

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.

"Maybe the culture needs to change slightly". 'The individual needs to be responsible for his own behaviour'. "Guys are on tour for a very long time and they feel like they want to go out - but when you do go out you have to behave yourself".