ALL-OUT! ENGLAND NEED A NIGHTWATCHMAN; CRICKET THEY DRINK IT'S ALL OVER; Plunkett, Ball and Bairstow Fined for 'Unprofessional Conduct' as Finn Comes in for Ashes in Place of Stokes

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ALL-OUT! ENGLAND NEED A NIGHTWATCHMAN; CRICKET THEY DRINK IT'S ALL OVER; Plunkett, Ball and Bairstow Fined for 'Unprofessional Conduct' as Finn Comes in for Ashes in Place of Stokes


Byline: MIKE WALTERS

ENGLISH cricket's thirsty culture and nightlife patrols have landed three more players in hot water.

As Ben Stokes was told he will not travel with the squad to Australia when they fly out for the Ashes tour on October 28, the fall-out from his arrest following a street brawl in Bristol continued to lap at the gates of Lord's like floodwater.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow, all-rounder Liam Plunkett and pace bowler Jake Ball have been fined and handed written warnings for "unprofessional conduct".

The fines, understood to be hundreds of pounds, were levied after England director of cricket Andrew Strauss launched an investigation into the behaviour of the one-day squad.

And although disciplinary action against Bairstow, Plunkett and Ball is not related to the incident involving allrounder Stokes and big-hitting batsman Alex Hales (below, bottom), it marks a crackdown on unacceptable lifestyle by the England and Wales Cricket Board.

The undisclosed fines were paid into the Professional Cricketers' Association benevolent fund and Hornsby Professional Cricketers' fund. ECB say the probe into the trio's conduct is now concluded.

Middlesex pace bowler Steve Finn has been drafted into the squad and will replace Stokes (right) in the party flying to Perth.

Lord's sources insist Stokes had been ruled out of leaving on that flight, but not yet the whole Ashes series.

But his hopes of playing any part on the tour are remote unless he is cleared by a police investigation into the fracas in the small hours of September 25. …

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