Giles would have sent wayward English home

Dec 24, 2017 - 5:05 PM Ashley Giles says he would have been tempted to send home some of England's players for bad behaviour during their Ashes tour.

England's poor performances on the pitch, which have seen them lose the series ahead of the start of the fourth Test on Boxing Day, have been compounded by incidents off it.

Ben Duckett, who is not part of the full Ashes squad, was given a suspension and a maximum STG1500 ($2600) fine for throwing a drink over vice-captain James Anderson, while Jonny Bairstow was previously involved in a headbutt incident during a night out in Perth.

Former spin bowler Giles, who played 54 Tests for England before working as a selector, believes some of the current crop have lacked maturity.

"I think I would have been very tempted (to send some home)," the 44-year-old told the BBC.

"There comes a time when there's enough water gone under the bridge, a lot of it not very nice water, you have to make a stand and we're probably past that point.

"The whole thing sheds a bad light on England cricket but I think what we have to remember is these guys are extremely talented cricketers and they've got a great gift in what they do.

"It doesn't make them extremely mature individuals. And there's work to do there.

"Over time, if you can't trust people to make correct decisions off the field, how can you trust them to make them on the field?".

England's struggles have put the spotlight on captain Joe Root.

The skipper has been heavily criticised, including by former Australia captain Ricky Ponting, who said he has been "soft" and "looks like a little boy".

Giles believes those comments are harsh but admitted Root appears to have lost some of his enthusiasm.

"I don't think he's soft. He's always looked like a little boy - he can't help that," Giles said. "He's always played cricket like a man.

"I guess the fear for all of us when Joe got the captaincy was that it would affect his cricket.

"Unfortunately, we're getting a battering at the moment, but the last thing Joe Root is is soft."

Source: AAP

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