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England’s problem this Ashes may be drinking unwisely rather than too much

After Ben Duckett’s folly, the perception could be that England have an alcohol problem among a small minority and they have a batting problem: there are situations vacant; right-handed teetotallers preferred

Another day in the paradise that is Perth that didn’t quite go according to plan for the England touring party. For a start there was rain about but there was no Ben Duckett about. He was supposed to be playing in the game; he was on the team sheet issued by the management on Thursday; but on Saturday morning he was replaced by Worcestershire’s Joe Clarke, not because the selectors have suddenly realised the need for more right?handed batsmen to combat off?spinners such as Nathan Lyon and Ravi Ashwin.

It is all about another bar, another late-night incident, another self?inflicted blow that suggests a shambolic set of self-indulgent England cricketers drowning themselves in alcohol in Australia.

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