Ben Duckett, the 23-year-old batsman, has been suspended from England Lions’ remaining fixture in Australia and slapped with the ‘maximum fine allowable for an England Lions player’, the England and Wales Cricket Board said in a statement on Sunday (December 10).
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.
Duckett, who has played four Tests including two in India last winter, faces these sanctions after pouring beer over James Anderson, the England paceman, in Perth.
The left-hand batsman was left out of England’s two-day tour game against Cricket Australia XI which ended on Sunday after reports of him dousing Anderson – England’s all-time leading wicket-taker – in a bar emerged in the early hours of Friday morning.
The reports added that no members of the public were involved in the Duckett incident, nor were the police. It was also the first time England were not subject to a midnight curfew, imposed by Andrew Strauss, the ECB director, at the end of last month in response to the embarrassment caused by Jonny Bairstow’s unusual method of introducing himself to Cameron Bancroft with a headbutt.
“Following a disciplinary hearing with England Lions player Ben Duckett, ECB can confirm the following measures have been placed on the player,” the ECB statement said.
“Fined the maximum allowable amount for an England Lions player. Suspended from playing for the rest of the current Lions Australian training camp.
“Issued with a final written warning in respect of his conduct as an England player.
“Duckett will remain with the England Lions party in Australia and will return to England at the end of the camp on December 17.”
England’s full Ashes tour was beset by off-field issues before it even began, most notably with the suspension of Ben Stokes from international cricket. The star allrounder was involved in a brawl outside a Bristol nightclub in September and still awaits his fate. Things have only gone from bad to worse since the team arrived in Australia, both off the field and on it.