Moeen aware England players must improve behaviour

The latest controversy on England's Ashes tour prompted Moeen Ali to say: "We're all grown men and we should know how to behave."

England all-rounder Moeen Ali has acknowledged England's team culture "maybe needs to change slightly".   -  Getty Images

Moeen Ali has acknowledged England's team culture "maybe needs to change slightly" after another controversial incident on their Ashes tour of Australia.

England Lions batsman Ben Duckett was sanctioned on Sunday after pouring a drink over the head of a senior player, reported to be James Anderson, on a night out in Perth.

Read: Duckett poured drink over senior England player, Bayliss confirms

Duckett has been suspended from playing for the rest of the Lions' tour of Australia, in addition to receiving the maximum fine allowable and being issued with a final written warning in respect of his conduct.

The latest unwanted talking point comes after Jonny Bairstow hit the headlines for an alleged headbutt on Australia batsman Cameron Bancroft earlier on the tour, with both players subsequently confirming there was no malice in the incident.

Also read: No disciplinary action for Bairstow

And England's trip to Australia was, of course, preceded by the arrest of Ben Stokes in Bristol. The all-rounder is still waiting to hear whether he faces criminal charges, after he was arrested on suspicion of actual bodily harm and released under investigation.

Following England's drawn two-day tour game against a Cricket Australia XI, in which he served as captain, Moeen was quoted by BBC Sport as saying: "We're all grown men and we should know how to behave.

"The individual needs to be responsible for his own behaviour. It's important we inspire the younger generation to take up the game. These things could possibly turn them away and that's not what we want.

"Maybe the culture needs to change slightly. It's not always easy. Guys are on tour for a very long time and they feel like they want to go out – but when you do go out you have to behave yourself."

Moeen, who does not drink alcohol, added: "We're playing for England, so we wear the England badge wherever we go. Times have changed. Players can't do things that they would have done in the past.

"I still believe you can enjoy yourself without drinking. I understand why people drink, but there's responsibility that comes with that."

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