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Ben Duckett: Northants vow to 'offer support' to suspended England batsman

Ben Duckett was suspended following the incident in Perth. Credit: PA

Northamptonshire Cricket Club have vowed to offer batsman Ben Duckett "any support he requires" after he was suspended from the England Lions tour of Australia for pouring a drink over a fellow England player's head in a Perth bar.

The 23-year-old has also been hit with the maximum fine possible and given a final written warning following the incident that involved Test star James Anderson last week.

There is no indication that Anderson has done anything wrong.

Duckett had been set to feature in England's two-day game against a Cricket Australia XI over the weekend, but was withdrawn from the side once details began to emerge of what happened.

Ben Duckett will play no further part in Australia. Credit: PA

Duckett's county Northants said they were "disappointed to hear of the incident", but added that they would stand by their player.

"Northamptonshire Cricket Club has been fully briefed by the England Management team as to the incident that occurred on Thursday 7th December in Perth," a spokesperson said.

"The club understands that the matter is for the England authorities to manage as per their code of conduct rules and regulations.

"The club was disappointed to hear of the incident and David Ripley (Head Coach) has spoken personally to Ben. Once Ben completes the tour with England and returns to the club we shall offer him any support he may require."