England’s embattled Ashes tour took a nosedive on Saturday after Ben Duckett, the Lions batsman, was ejected from the weekend’s tour match in Perth and left facing disciplinary action for pouring a drink over Jimmy Anderson in a bar.
Trevor Bayliss, the head coach, was left fuming by this latest alcohol-related episode and is ready to end certain international careers, not least since it comes with the Test side 2-0 down in their Ashes defence, a campaign already in the spotlight following the Ben Stokes incident and Jonny Bairstow’s bizarre “head-butt” on the first night of the tour.
Duckett’s decision to tip his drink over Anderson – said to be a case of high jinx and quickly snuffed out by the team’s security staff present – took place in the same Avenue bar in Claremont as Bairstow’s error of judgment, coming the early hours of Friday morning, the first night that the squad’s midnight curfew was relaxed.
“It’s trivial, but in the current climate not acceptable,” said Bayliss. “Everyone has been warned that even small things can be blown out of all proportion. They can’t keep making the same mistakes."
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