Perth - England's
Ashes tour has been plunged into a fresh crisis with batsman Ben
Duckett stood down from a tour game on Saturday and suspended following a
new incident in a Perth bar.
Duckett, who was selected to open the batting in England's two-day
tour match against a Cricket Australia XI in Perth, was a late omission
from the team.
Team coach Trevor Bayliss confirmed that Duckett was involved in an
incident late on Thursday where he poured a drink over a senior player,
identified in reports as fast bowler James Anderson, following a heated
"I think that was the issue," Bayliss told reporters.
"It was boys being boys, I suppose, but totally unacceptable. It's trivial, but in the current climate not acceptable.
"Everyone has been warned about how even small things can be blown out of all proportion.
"I'm disappointed. With what we have had to go through already with these problems, it is not acceptable."
Bayliss said the Northants batsman was suspended by team management
while a disciplinary investigation, which will be led by Lions coach
Andy Flower, takes place.
"Andy will look after his player and if anything needs to be said or done with the first team, we'll handle that," Bayliss said.
"I'm not sure what more I can say to the players. I'm sure there will be some stern words from above."
Bayliss agreed when asked if he was "fed up" about having to address off-field matters.
"Very much so. I'm here to coach the team and I end up spending most
of the time trying to explain behaviour that the boys have been warned
about," he said.
It was the first night after England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB)
director of cricket Andrew Strauss agreed to a relaxing of the midnight
curfew placed on the Test squad a fortnight ago.
That curfew followed news that wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow headbutted
Australian Test opener Cameron Bancroft in a Perth bar during the
tourists' first night on tour.
Duckett, 23, has been touring Australia with England Lions and was
among a number of players promoted for the current tour match while
senior players rested ahead of next week's all-important third Test
against Australia in Perth.
Star all-rounder Ben Stokes is already suspended from the tour after
he became involved in an incident outside a Bristol nightclub in
September that led to police investigations, although he is currently
playing domestic cricket in New Zealand.
Reports said that no members of the public were involved in the Duckett incident and police were not involved.
Duckett, who has played in four Tests for England, has been caught up
in controversy in the past and was left out of Northants' tour to
Barbados in 2015. He was once dropped from the England Under 19 team for
England are 2-0 down in the Ashes series and will relinquish the urn if they are beaten in the third Test, starting on Thursday.