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I wonder if the Bairstow/ Duckett incidents would have seen the light of day had it not been for the spotlight that Stokes' action produced.PaulTavs wrote: ↑Sun Dec 10, 2017 4:49 pmAs far as I see it, the Stokes issue was serious. The other two were just lads' bar-room jokes and of no consequence.
For me it has really destroyed the support I felt for the England team. Duckett has been hung out to dry over nothing beyond a bit of laddishness - suspended and given a final warning as an England player.
If it had been Anderson who poured a drink over a Lions player, I can't believe he would be suspended and given a final warning.
The England management should have just said that both incidents were of no consequence, nothing to see, move on. Bayliss himself said the Duckett incident was "trivial" - he used that word - yet apparently then a trivial incident is worth putting a player on a final warning.
They talk about a "current climate" in the England camp, yet it is the management who have created this mythical "climate" by acting like 'helicopter parents' with regard to the players' free time.
Well, that's right, or something along those lines.
We were all young once, but - when in my 20s - had I acted like Duckett to a senior member of my place of employment whilst out on a staff 'do', I suspect I'd have been seeking alternative employment.PaulTavs wrote: ↑Mon Dec 11, 2017 9:12 amWith regard to earlier trouble, Duckett was guilty of drink-driving in 2015.
No, it is not the same as in a match celebration but they have thrown the book at Duckett over something even Bayliss described as "trivial". Surely an apology would have sufficed?
It feels as if England want to have 11 robots playing for them.
God knows how the current management would have coped with Ingleby-Mackenzie's Hampshire sides of the 60s - they'd need counselling after spending just a week with them.
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