England’s troubled Ashes tour has taken another turn for the worse after it emerged Ben Duckett has been suspended following an alcohol-related incident in a Perth bar during a team night out on Thursday.
Duckett was meant to be opening the batting for England in the two-day tour match against a Cricket Australia XI at Richardson Park that started on Saturday.
However, the 23-year-old, who had been drafted in to the team for this match from the England Lions squad that is also in Perth, was stood down on Saturday morning and is now suspended while a disciplinary investigation into his behaviour is carried out.
The fact another player has been drawn into off-the-field controversy is a huge embarrassment for England and is the last thing they needed following the Ben Stokes narrative that has overshadowed the whole tour.
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