Ashes 2017: Ben Duckett investigated over alcohol-related incident

Moeen Ali

Moeen Ali

England's Ashes tour has taken a further slide towards ignominy with news that Ben Duckett is facing a disciplinary investigation after an alcohol-related incident in Perth.

The Northants batsman, no stranger to controversy, now could face being sent home in disgrace today or tomorrow by former England coach Flower while Bayliss is faced with the fall-out from another hugely damaging incident.

The 23-year-old, who is part of the Lions training camp in Australia, was due to make up the England XI for their game against a Cricket Australia side while senior members of Joe Root's side are taking a break between the second and third Test matches.

With just three tests remaining in the Ashes, Australia now lead 2-0 after claiming victory in Adelaide - winning by 120 runs.

They will not include vice-captain Anderson, who England feel was an innocent party in the shenanigans on the first night that England had relaxed the curfew imposed after Bairstow's "head-butt" on Cameron Bancroft came to light.

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"To be quite honest I think it was fairly trivial but in the current climate it's just not acceptable", Bayliss told reporters on Saturday.

As England Under-19s captain he was dropped from a tour to UAE in 2013 after failing to meet minimum fitness standards and two years ago was left out of Northamptonshire's squad for a pre-season tour for similar reasons.

"I'm here to coach the team and I end up spending most of my time in front of cameras trying to explain some behaviour that the boys have been warned about", Bayliss added.

"I'm not sure exactly what more I can say".

He was subsequently suspended by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) with decision yet to be made by the police and the justice system on his case.

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"Everybody has been warned about how even small things can be blown out of all proportion".

But the batsman, who has played four Tests and three ODIs, was out drinking on Thursday night.

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 now playing domestic cricket in New Zealand.

"First of all we've got to find out exactly what happened so that investigation will go ahead in the next 24 hours and we'll find out and Andy [Flower, the Lions coach] will be looking after his player, and if anything needs to be said or done with the first team we'll handle that", Bayliss added.

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