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Lions axe Duckett

20th December 2017, 03:34 by Michael Holland

Ben Duckett has been left out of the England Lions squad that will play in the West Indies in February and March next year.

The 23-year-old has just made the headlines for all the wrong reasons on the Lions tour of Australia after pouring a drink over the head of James Anderson, and he has paid the price for his behaviour.

Duckett was hit with a suspension following the incident and the England and Wales Cricket Board have now confirmed he has also been left out of next year's tour.

Meanwhile, Lancashire opener Haseeb Hameed and Middlesex bowler Toby Roland-Jones return from injury.

They are joined by Ben Foakes, Sam Curran, Mason Crane and Jamie Porter in the squad for three four-day matches against West Indies A in Jamaica and Antigua.

Selector James Whitaker said: "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.

"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."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Michael Holland is a reporter with over two decades of journalism experience. A Bolton fan, Michael often writes football articles, as well as having a strong knowledge of golf, cricket and Australian sports.

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