England could have done without yet another alcohol related incident on their tour of Australia but Lions player Ben Duckett has given them exactly that.
Duckett is understood to have poured a drink over England fast bowler James Anderson after having an argument with the senior player.
This came on the first night the curfew, imposed after Jonny Bairstow’s embarrassing ‘headbutt’ on Cameron Bancroft in a Perth bar was revealed, had been lifted.
Duckett had been set to turn out for an England XI for the two-day warm up match against a Cricket Australia XI in Perth but was replaced by Joe Clarke.
Tom Curran starred for the England XI hitting 77 not out for the tourists before trapping Josh Phillipe leg before for his side’s only wicket of the day.
The England XI led by Moeen Ali posted 314 for 9 declared with Keaton Jennings 80 the top score.
Clarke chipped in with 45 but Test hopefuls Gary Ballance (1) and Ben Foakes (2) failed to make an impression.
Mark Wood and Jake Ball took the new ball for England but neither was able to earn a breakthrough or show anything to suggest they should replace Craig Overton in the Test XI.
England will be looking for a lift from day two of this tour game with morale apparently poor as they face a potential Ashes whitewash.
As for Duckett he faces questions on his suitability for the demands international cricket put on an individual having had previous disciplinary problems.
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