Ben Duckett is still waiting to discover his punishment for pouring beer over Test star James Anderson’s head in a Perth bar.
Lions opener Duckett, 23, was left out of England’s two-day match against a Cricket Australia XI and provisionally suspended until the outcome of a disciplinary hearing after it emerged he had doused England’s all-time leading wicket-taker in a late-night prank.
The incident occurred on Thursday night or early the next morning when the Ashes tourists returned to the same bar in which Jonny Bairstow delivered his ‘head-butt’ greeting for Australia opener Cameron Bancroft at the start of their tour.
Duckett and his Lions colleagues were joined by around 10 members of the full Ashes squad, freshly arrived back in Perth after going 2-0 down with three to play against Australia.
It was also the first time they were no longer subject to a midnight curfew, imposed by England and Wales Cricket Board director Andrew Strauss at the end of last month in response to the embarrassment caused by Bairstow’s unusual but benign method of introducing himself to Bancroft.
Duckett’s drink-related antics have taken place with England already at a low ebb, in danger of losing the Ashes in the next week and still without all-rounder Ben Stokes as he waits to hear whether he will be charged with causing actual bodily harm during a late-night fracas outside a Bristol club in September.
England announced on Saturday that Duckett’s disciplinary hearing would take place within 24 hours – but as play resumed the next morning – with the CA XI on 62 for one in reply to 314 for nine declared – an update was still awaited.
The tour match unsurprisingly ended in a draw but there were a couple of important knocks for Gary Ballance and Moeen Ali meanwhile Tom Curran and Jack Leach shared seven wickets on the second and final day.
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