England have been dismissed as “vacationers masquerading as cricketers” by Australia’s media which turned the screw on Monday after Ben Duckett was fined for pouring beer over teammate Jimmy Anderson. Duckett was slapped with a reported £1,500 ($2,000) superb and can play no additional half within the remaining England Lions matches following the late-night bar prank in Perth on Thursday. It plunged their already tough tour into one other disaster after wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow headbutted Australian Check opener Cameron Bancroft in a Perth bar in the course of the vacationers’ first night time in Australia.
That adopted star all-rounder Ben Stokes being suspended from the Ashes marketing campaign after an incident outdoors a Bristol nightclub in September that led to police investigations.
England have up to now misplaced the opening two Exams and have their work lower out within the third this week at Perth’s WACA Floor, the place they haven’t overwhelmed Australia since 1978.
“These English Contiki vacationers masquerading as cricketers are about to seal their locations in Ashes infamy,” Sydney Each day Telegraph mentioned on its again web page.
Contiki is a tour firm that caters for youthful travellers and has earned a repute for attracting the booze-filled occasion crowd.
The Telegraph caught the knife in additional with a blazing headline “Perthetic”, including: “Tour degenerates into farce as rudderless Poms face whitewash.”
The Sydney Morning Herald additionally jumped on the bandwagon, screaming “Teetering on the drink” on its again web page in a narrative that mentioned their Ashes marketing campaign was “once more in disarray”.
“It’s the third time in 4 months that England’s preparations have been derailed by an alcohol-fuelled incident,” it wrote.
– Ingesting tradition –
Earlier within the tour, England cricket chief Andrew Strauss insisted there was no consuming tradition within the group, however he nonetheless slapped a midnight curfew on the Ashes tour.
The Duckett incident occurred on the primary night time that the curfew had been relaxed.
The Australian newspaper spared England a number of the extra strident criticism dished out by different media, and as an alternative ran a narrative highlighting the consuming on England’s 1986-87 tour to Australia.
That aspect featured the likes of Ian Botham, Allan Lamb and David Gower, who loved a tipple, however they nonetheless gained the sequence, and with no curfew.
“Mike Gatting’s squad acquired the job achieved, profitable 2-1 in opposition to Allan Border’s aspect whereas burning the candle at each ends,” the newspaper mentioned, suggesting that at the moment England “shouldn’t have the troops to hold onto the Ashes urn”.
Whereas Australia’s media made probably the most of England’s issues, coach Darren Lehmann performed a a lot straighter bat on Sunday, saying the alcohol-fuelled indiscretions have been no laughing matter.
“I have been by means of all that, so no, I haven’t got a chuckle at that,” he instructed reporters.
“You’ve got these conditions at numerous levels all through your profession. It is not humorous.
“It is a case of really ensuring you are making an attempt one of the best you possibly can to get your aspect ready. For me, I haven’t got a chuckle at any of that.”