15 Jul 2015

Oz all rounder banned for drink driving in England

3:15 pm on 15 July 2015

The Australian cricket all rounder James Faulkner has been banned for four matches after being charged with drink-driving in Britain.

Australia's James Faulkner celebrates his wicket of New Zealand batsman Corey Anderson.

Australia's James Faulkner celebrates his wicket of New Zealand batsman Corey Anderson. Photo: AFP

Faulkner, Australia's hero in their World Cup final victory over New Zealand earlier this year, will have to undergo alcohol counselling and pay for any damage to property caused by his collision in Didsbury.

The 25-year-old was detained earlier this month and will face court in Manchester early next week after returning a blood/alcohol reading almost three times the UK's legal limit.

Faulkner has been suspended by Cricket Australia for only four matches, though he's effectively been banned from the entire series that follows the Ashes.

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

He was playing English county cricket for Lancashire at the time of the incident.

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