Matt Coles to return to UK from England Lions Tour

Thursday 21st February 2013

England Lions management have confirmed that Kent pace bowler Matt Coles and Durham all-rounder Ben Stokes will be sent home from the current tour of Australia, following disciplinary hearings for unprofessional conduct. The pair had contravened their conduct obligations previously during the tour and had been issued with written warnings.

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.“

Matt Coles: "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."