Ben Duckett dropped for England cricket team’s tour to West Indies

Ben Duckett was already suspended and fined for an alleged altercation with James Anderson and now the England cricket team has decided to drop him for their tour to West Indies.

cricket Updated: Dec 20, 2017 10:12 IST
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Ben Duckett, who was suspended during the Ashes series, will not be a part of the England cricket team in West Indies. (AP)

Ben Duckett has been dropped for England cricket team’s tour of the West Indies next year, whileBen Foakes and Mason Crane are set to be involved.

Duckett was already suspended after he was also fined by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) for pouring a drink over the head of a senior player – reported to be James Anderson – in an incident at a Perth bar.

Duckett was due to face a Cricket Australia XI in a warm-up game before the third Ashes Test, instead, the 23-year-old batsman will now sit out the Lions’ tour against a West Indies A, starting in February 2018.

Foakes and Crane – both members of the Ashes tour squad who surrendered the urn to Australia amid a 3-0 deficit – will take part in the four-day and one-day series, with Keaton Jennings to captain the Lions.

“We have selected a total of 22 players for these two series in the West Indies, to ensure we gain the most value in terms of assessing players in both first-class and one-day cricket,” said national selector James Whitaker.

“Haseeb Hameed, Jamie Porter and Toby Roland-Jones are all available again after injuries - Jamie and Toby after working exceptionally hard on the ECB’s Pace Programme over the last couple of months.

“Sam Curran missed out on the Lions training camp in Australia but he has also been training hard, under the supervision of Surrey’s strength and conditioning coaches, before going out to play T20 cricket in New Zealand.

“We have included two members of the Ashes tour squad, Ben Foakes and Mason Crane, for the four-day matches, with the possibility of either or both of them leaving the Lions tour early if they are selected in the England squad for the two Tests in New Zealand in March and April.

“We will be naming that squad in the New Year, and the same goes for the squads for the North-South Series which will be played in Barbados at the end of the Lions tour – and is likely to include the players who have been selected for the one-day series against West Indies A.”

First Published: Dec 20, 2017 10:12 IST