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Faulkner suspended for drink driving

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Sydney: Australian all-rounder James Faulkner was suspended on July 14 following Cricket Australia (CA) ‘Code of Behaviour’ process.
The board has charged the 25-year-old with a level three offence under its ‘Code of Behaviour’ after he was found to have been driving under the influence of alcohol in the UK earlier this month.
“Faulkner has been charged under the code for conduct that is unbecoming of a representative and that is or could be harmful to the interests of cricket. In accordance with the procedure of the code, he was offered – and accepted – sanctions in lieu of a hearing before a Code of Behaviour Commissioner,” said a CA release.
He received a four match ban and will not be able to play against Ireland and England in late August and September.
Given he will be unavailable for a significant component of that series, Faulkner will not be considered for the Australian T20 or one-day international squads when announced in mid-August. He however, may be considered as a replacement for an injured player following his suspension if required.
“Faulkner will also have to undergo an alcohol management counselling programme as determined by the Cricket Australia Chief Medical Officer and pay for any damage to property caused by his actions while driving. He has also been formally reprimanded by Cricket Australia for his behaviour,” the release added.
CA Executive General Manager of Team Performance Pat Howard said: “James has acknowledged the seriousness of his actions and has accepted the penalties handed down today. He has cooperated fully with the disciplinary procedure and is deeply remorseful.”

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