Faulkner given four match international ban


Australia allrounder James Faulkner has been banned for four matches by Cricket Australia for a drunk driving charge and will miss the Aussies' limited-overs tour to the UK after the Ashes.

While playing county cricket for Lancashire, Faulkner was caught speeding in Manchester and was found to have been more than twice over the legal blood alcohol limit.

Faulkner, who was his side's man of the match when they won the World Cup final in March, will miss Australia's one-off ODI against Ireland as well as one T20 and two ODI's against England.

Australia team performance manager Pat Howard said: "James has acknowledged the seriousness of his actions and has accepted the penalties handed down today.

"He has cooperated fully with the disciplinary procedure and is deeply remorseful. We have reminded James that his actions had serious potential to cause harm to him and others.

"Aside from the suspension handed down, he has been formally reprimanded for his behaviour.

"In saying that, we do acknowledge that James has been a player with a good track record and we would like to think that this episode is very much out of character."