Ben Stokes and Matt Coles dismissed from England Lions tour

Last Updated: 20/02/13 2:10pm

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Ben Stokes: Sent home from Australia tour along with Matt Coles

Ben Stokes: Sent home from Australia tour along with Matt Coles

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Ben Stokes and Matt Coles have been sent home from the England Lions tour of Australia for disciplinary reasons.

The England and Wales Cricket Board revealed on Wednesday that Kent bowler Coles and Durham all-rounder Stokes had already been issued with written warnings earlier in the tour.

ECB Performance Director David Parsons: "On a very challenging tour to Australia, both Matt and Ben have ignored the instructions given to them around their match preparation and recovery and, following previous warnings, it is regrettable that it has been necessary to terminate their involvement in the tour.

"Both are very talented individuals and it is hoped that, with the support of the ECB and their respective counties, they will take positive steps to give themselves the very best chance of fulfilling their potential.

"There will be no replacement players called up to the squad as a result of this matter."


Both players were apologetic with Coles saying: "I am very sorry about what has happened in Australia and I believe I have learnt my lesson.

"I have apologised to the players and coaches involved, so would now like to move forward from this by looking ahead to the start of the county season at Kent."

Stokes said: "I would like to apologise for the way in which I acted. I am determined to bounce back from this situation and I regret my actions off the field. I look forward to getting back to my county to start pre-season preparations."

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