The Ashes 2017/18: Can’t Keep Making The Same Mistakes, Says Trevor Bayliss After Ben Duckett Incident
At a time, when England’s sole focus should have been on how to make a comeback in the ongoing Ashes, it has been rocked by yet another off-field incident, making head coach Trevor Bayliss so furious that he has threatened to drop players for such indiscretions.
The English camp is yet to recover from the Ben Stokes that had marred the buildup to the Ashes and on Saturday (December 9), they received yet another shocking news when it emerged that Ben Duckett was also involved in an alcohol-related incident. The left-handed batsman, who was due to open the batting in the two-day tour match against a Cricket Australia XI, was suspended after a late night incident in Perth – the same venue wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow headbutted Australian opener, Cameron Bancroft before the series started.
Duckett reportedly poured a pint of beer over his senior teammate James Anderson’s head and is now at risk of returning home. But while only time will tell the player’s fate, Bayliss has issued the ultimatum.
“I might review who is in the team. Can’t keep making the same mistakes,” Bayliss, England’s head coach, told reporters on Saturday (December 9). “Most of the guys are fine … some guys have to pull their head in. I’m here to coach the team and I end up spending most of my time in front of cameras trying to explain some behaviour that the boys have been warned about.
“I’m not sure exactly what more I can say. I’m sure there will be some stern words from above,” he added.
The incident happened just a day after Andrew Strauss, ECB director of cricket, agreed to relax the team’s midnight curfew.
Bayliss, meanwhile, further said that the team hogging the limelight for all the wrong reasons is understandable and hoped that the team would focus on the upcoming third Test.
“When you are in the spotlight like this you can understand why that is said about a team like this,” he said.
“Everybody has been warned about how even small things can be blown out of all proportion,” he added. “We’ve got to find out exactly what happened. I’m sure they’ll be able to get on with it (and focus on the upcoming third Test).”
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