England cricket an embarrassment

Ali has struggled for form during the tour

Moeen Ali has warned England's behaviour on the Ashes tour is in danger of driving children away from the sport as it emerged the players ignored pleas from captain Joe Root to avoid trouble on the night Ben Duckett threw a drink over James Anderson.

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 was due to feature in the England XI side that takes on a Cricket Australia XI on Saturday in a two-day warm-up match ahead of next week's third Test, but his name was left out of the side that was named for the encounter and the European Central Bank soon confirmed that an internal investigation led to his omission.

England are down 2-0 in the Ashes series and the latest bar-room incident has plunged their tour into a fresh crisis as they bid to avoid another humiliating whitewash. "Can't keep making the same mistakes", an exasperated Bayliss said on Saturday, when asked if he would review the team's curfew.

Duckett is reported to have been socialising on a night out with a number of his Lions team-mates, meeting member of the Ashes squad who had just enjoyed a quiz night at their hotel.

"Most of the guys are fine but somewhere along the line some of them have to pull their heads in".

"I think it is unrealistic to say to someone you're going on a five-month tour and you can't have a drop of alcohol for five months".

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Bayliss described it as a case of boys being boys but added "it doesn't matter how trivial it is".

"Everyone has been warned that even small things can be blown out of all proportion".

"I'm disappointed. First of all we will find out what has happened".

It was the first night after England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) director of cricket Andrew Strauss agreed to a relaxing of the midnight curfew placed on the Test squad a fortnight ago.

Duckett (23) has been touring Australia with England Lions and was among a number of players promoted for the current tour match while senior players rested ahead of next week's all-important third Test against Australia in Perth.

The antics comes as the latest embarrassment for English cricket, after Ben Stokes was arrested on suspicion of actual bodily harm outside a Bristol nightclub back in September.

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