ENGLAND under-19s skipper Harry Brook has been axed from his facet’s last group recreation for “disciplinary causes.”
The Yorkshire batsman, 18, sat out England’s 32-run win over host nation New Zealand in Queenstown on Tuesday, with Will Jacks main the facet in his absence.
Coach Jon Lewis mentioned after the match that Brook had been omitted for breaking a crew rule, however didn’t give any particulars about what the breach was.
Lewis mentioned: “Harry missed the match as a result of he broke a crew rule, so we determined to depart him out and take care of it internally. We’ll let you understand if something occurs after that.”
Requested if it was a critical breach, Lewis added: “He simply broke a crew rule.”
Brook averaged 119.5 within the Below-19 World Cup with 239 runs in 5 innings, together with one century and two half-centuries.
Nonetheless, he couldn’t forestall England from being knocked out by Australia within the Tremendous League quarter-finals, with the win over New Zealand coming within the play-off for seventh place.
English cricket has been hit by a number of disciplinary points in latest months, together with Ben Stokes’ much-publicised arrest, however Lewis was eager to level out that the U19 crew had been “extraordinarily effectively behaved” in New Zealand.
He mentioned: “The crew exists and the principles apply to everybody so the captain breaks the rule and he missed the sport.
“One factor I wish to stress about this group of individuals is that they have been extraordinarily effectively behaved right here in New Zealand.
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“They’re a really good group of people. We take a lot of pride in our duty of care for the Under-19s as a support staff and we do put rules in place.
“If rules are broken then disciplinary action sometimes needs to be taken.”
Brook is not the only senior England player to have hit the headlines for negative reasons in the past few months.
All-rounder Stokes missed the Ashes tour after being arrested following an incident outside a Bristol nightclub in September, and he will appear at Bristol Magistrates’ Court on a charge of affray on February 13.
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The ECB fined and issued written warnings to Jonny Bairstow, Jake Ball and Liam Plunkett following an investigation into behaviour during the ODI series against the West Indies.
Bairstow found himself in the spotlight Down Under as well after greeting Cameron Bancroft with what the Australian opener described as a “headbutt” in a Perth bar on the first night of England’s tour in October.
Lions batsman Ben Duckett, meanwhile, was sanctioned by the ECB after pouring beer over Test star James Anderson, also in a Perth bar, in December.
With Brook, it is understood alcohol was not a factor in his breach of rules.
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An ECB spokesman said: “ECB can confirm Harry Brook was withdrawn from the England Under-19s fixture against New Zealand following a breach of team discipline earlier this week. He has been given a written warning as to his future conduct by team management, but no further sanction will be applied.
“The team management noted Harry’s previous good conduct and the genuine remorse he showed for his actions.”