England's booze issues no joke, says Lehmann
Australia coach Darren Lehmann says England's latest alcohol-fuelled indiscretion is no laughing matter and his team are not relishing the tourists' misfortunes.
England were rocked this weekend by a third alcohol-related incident in three months after England Lions batsman Ben Duckett was suspended from a two-day tour match for pouring a drink on the head of senior England player James Anderson following a heated argument.
The Duckett incident follows Ben Stokes' involvement in a brawl outside a Bristol nightclub in September and Jonny Bairstow's headbutt greeting for Australia Test opener Cameron Bancroft in Perth in late October.
England coach Trevor Bayliss described Duckett's incident as "trivial" but "not acceptable", and Lehmann said he did not see the funny side of his rivals self-destructing.
"I've been through all that, so no, I don't have a chuckle at that," Lehmann told reporters on Sunday.
"You have those situations at various stages throughout your career. It's not funny," he added.
"It's a case of actually making sure you're trying the best you can to get your side prepared. For me, I don't have a chuckle at any of that."
Lehmann said he has complete faith in his players.
"I trust them, obviously," he said. "They've just had a couple of days off, so they're all in today, and I'm sure they'll do well."
Bayliss said Duckett has been suspended by team management while a disciplinary investigation led by Lions coach Andy Flower takes place.
"Andy will look after his player and if anything needs to be said or done with the first team, we'll handle that," Bayliss told reporters on Saturday.
Bayliss agreed when asked if he was "fed up" about having to address off-field matters.
"Very much so. I'm here to coach the team and I end up spending most of the time trying to explain behaviour that the boys have been warned about," he said.
Australia can regain the Ashes urn with victory in the third Test starting on Thursday in Perth following big wins in Brisbane and Adelaide.
"For us we can't worry about what's going on outside with England," Lehmann said. "They're still a good cricket side and have some dangerous players."
"For us, (Australia's players) have got to be really switched on come day one in Perth."
Lehmann said he will assess the WACA pitch before deciding whether he needs all-rounder Mitch Marsh as a fourth paceman.
If Marsh is selected, it could be at the expense of struggling batsman Peter Handscomb.
England draw Ashes warm-up match with CA XI
Captain Travis Dean slammed a 68-ball century as a Cricket Australia XI frustrated England on the final day of the drawn two-day tour game in Perth on Sunday.
Dean (100) and Will Bosisto (50) shared a 152-run opening stand in 21 overs as the CA XI made a big effort to chase down a victory target of 294 runs in 37 overs.
When the match was called a draw late in the day, CA XI had reached 269 for eight from 36.5 overs.
The CA XI went after spinners Jack Leach and Mason Crane while seamer Mark Wood, touted as a potential inclusion for this week's third Ashes Test against Australia in Perth, conceded more than six an over.
Wood had struck twice early on the final day as the CA XI slipped from their overnight 69 for one to 77 for four, before an unbroken 74-run stand between Clint Hinchcliffe (35 not out) and Mac Wright (36 not out) enabled the home side to declare on 115 for four in their first innings.
England knocked up 130 for three in 20 overs before a declaration in their second innings, with skipper Moeen Ali (47) and Gary Ballance (45 not out) sharing in a 68-run partnership.
Dean then took over, crashing 16 fours and two sixes before he was caught off Tom Curran, who went on to claim three for 28 after his two for 28 in the CA XI's first innings.
Hinchcliffe (49 off 32) punished England after Dean's dismissal, lashing three sixes and six fours before becoming falling to Leach (4-104).
The third Ashes Test gets underway at the WACA Ground on Thursday, with Australia just a win away from regaining the urn, following their comprehensive victories in Brisbane and Adelaide.