The Sydney Morning Herald – Treating international cricketers as adults is a good idea, until a young player pours his drink over the country’s all-time leading wicket-taker and your own security staff have to call cabs and activate the evacuation protocol.


  • Stupidity and self-absorption are vying to be the main label for Ben Duckett’s actions on the night England lifted a curfew imposed in the wake of the Jonny Bairstow “headbutt” incident.
  • On the very first non-curfew night since the Brisbane crackdown was reversed, Duckett, in a group of England players, lacked the wit to realise that throwing a drink over Anderson with the ECB’s security men in attendance was a terrible idea.
  • In a field in South Perth here last night, Trevor Bayliss, the England coach, found himself flicking flies from his face on live TV while he repeated the condemnations that followed the Bairstow ‘butt on Cameron Bancroft (what is it about Perth that loosens the intellectual handbrake of some players?
  • And Bayliss was within his rights to say “most of the guys are fine” – because most of these England players know how to relax without causing trouble.
  • On this tour, Bayliss has described some of the recent behaviour by England players as “dumb”.

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