James Faulkner banned for England ODI series

MELBOURNE: James Faulkner has been banned from Australia’s ODI tour of England due to drink-driving.


Faulkner will also have to undergo alcohol counselling and pay for any damage to property caused by his collision in Didsbury.

The allrounder, a star of Australia’s World Cup triumph earlier this year, was detained earlier this month and will face court in Manchester next Tuesday.

He returned a reading of 100 micrograms of alcohol per 100 milliliters of breath, almost three times the UK’s legal limit of 35mg.

Faulkner was charged under Cricket Australia’s code of conduct and accepted the sanctions instead of taking the case to a hearing.

“We have reminded James that his actions had serious potential to cause harm to him and others,” CA high performance chief Pat Howard said.

“Aside from the suspension handed down, he has been formally reprimanded for his behaviour.

“In saying that, we do acknowledge that James has been a player with a good track record and we would like to think that this episode is very much out of character.”

Faulkner was only given a four-match suspension, however CA effectively banned him from the entire series that follows the Ashes.

“Given he will be unavailable for a significant component of that series, Faulkner will not be considered for the Australian T20 or ODI squad when it is announced in mid-August,” CA said in a statement.

“Faulkner may be considered as a replacement for an injured player following his suspension if required.”

Tasmania wicketkeeper Tim Paine, who was in the car with Faulkner, was also rebuked by CA.