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After Ben Stokes England cricket punish Johnny Bairstow, Liam Plunkett, Jake Ball

England cricketers like Ben Stokes, Johnny Bairstow and Jake Ball have been fined for the poor behaviour

cricket Updated: Oct 07, 2017 12:02 IST
Associated Press, London
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England's Johnny Bairstow, right, and Ben Stokes leave the pitch after England beat the West Indies by seven wickets during the first One Day International at Old Trafford in Manchester. Bairstow, Jake Ball and Liam Plunkett have been punished for off-field misbehaviour. (AP)

Three more England cricketers were punished Friday for off-field misbehavior, a week after Ben Stokes and Alex Hales were suspended from national-team duty following an incident on a night out.

Jonny Bairstow, Jake Ball and Liam Plunkett each accepted a written warning and were handed an undisclosed fine, the England and Wales Cricket Board said, following an investigation into their “unprofessional conduct” during the recent ODI series against the West Indies.

The investigation was unrelated to that involving Ben Stokes and Alex Hales, who have been suspended on full pay and are the subject of a separate disciplinary hearing.

Ben Stokes was arrested after video footage purportedly showed England’s Test vice-captain throwing punches in a street fight. Hales was out with Stokes that night and both are under investigation.

As it stands, Stokes will not travel with England for the upcoming tour of Australia despite being selected in the squad. England’s players fly out on October 28 and the tour starts November 4.

“No final decision has been taken on his involvement in Australia,” England said Friday about Stokes.

To cover for the potential absence of Stokes, England added fast bowler Steven Finn to its 16-man Test squad for the Ashes series.

Stokes and Hales did have their central contracts renewed, however.

First Published: Oct 07, 2017 11:55 IST