England's Ashes 2017 timeline of disaster

Nick Hoult
England's Ashes tour has been beset by a host of problems

The incident involving Ben Duckett at a Perth bar is the latest in a long line of setbacks and controversial moments of England's disastrous Ashes tour so far. Nick Hoult charts the fall-out.

Sept 22: Toby Roland-Jones ruled out of Ashes tour with back stress fracture forcing England to rearrange Test attack before leaving home.

Sept 24:  England players including Ben Stokes and Alex Hales go out drinking in Bristol to celebrate winning an ODI against West Indies.

Sept 25: In the early hours of the morning Stokes is arrested by police on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm. Police confirm a man hospitalised with ‘minor facial injuries’.

Sept 26: Hales and Stokes suspended from final two ODIs against West Indies as ECB confirm incident in Bristol.

Stokes and Hales were put on suspension by ECB while police continued their investigation into an alleged incident at a nightclub in Bristol

Sept 27: Ashes squad announced including Stokes. Later that day, during an ODI v West Indies at the Oval, it emerges Stokes suffered a broken hand in the fight and video footage is published by the Sun of the alleged fight.

Sept 28: Stokes and Hales put on suspension by ECB while police investigation is ongoing.

Sept 30: Just a week after the Stokes incident in Bristol, a group of England players are photographed by paparazzi throwing a sex toy around in an Amsterdam bar on Jos Buttler's stag weekend.

Oct 6:Steven Finn called up for Ashes tour in place of Stokes. ECB confirm Jake Ball, Jonny Bairstow and Liam Plunkett fined and given written warnings for being out on the same night Stokes was arrested.

Bairstow greeted Bancroft with a 'headbutt' in a Perth bar Credit: Getty Images

Oct 29:Hours after England arrive in Australia the players are drinking in the Avenue bar in Perth where Jonny Bairstow greets Cameron Bancroft with a friendly ‘headbutt’.

Nov 2: Moeen Ali suffers side strain which rules him out of two warm up games. Finn hurts knee while batting in the nets.

Nov 7: Finn ruled out of Ashes tour having not bowled a ball in competitive cricket. Tom Curran called up as replacement.

Nov 20: Nathan Lyon revs up the Ashes tour hype by saying England were scared of Mitchell Johnson four years ago and they intend to end careers on this tour.

Nov 26: Details of Aussie sledging of Jonny Bairstow emerge with Australian media reporting the headbutt incident that happened at start of the tour.

England lost the first Test at the Gabba Credit: Getty Images

Nov 27:England lose the first Test by ten wickets. Bairstow issues statement attempting to explain headbutt. Bancroft describes 'weird' incident. Trevor Bayliss labels his players ‘dumb’ for the Bairstow incident and Strauss calls them ‘naive’. Midnight curfew imposed.

Nov 28:Ben Stokes is pictured at Heathrow carrying his England kit bags. Flies to New Zealand to play one day cricket for Canterbury sparking rumours he will join Ashes tour.

Nov 29: Somerset & Avon police send files on Stokes case to the Crown Prosecution Service confirming in a statement that a 27-year-old man had suffered a fractured eye-socket in the incident.

Ben Stokes has been named in England's ODI squad Credit: Getty Images

Dec 6:England lose second Test in Adelaide by 120 runs to go 2-0 down in Ashes series. Joe Root insists his team are still ‘massively in this series’. Hales is cleared by police. England announce squad for one-day series including Stokes and Hales.

Dec 7: England players arrive in Perth. Curfew lifted for one night. Several members of the senior squad meet up in a Perth bar with the Lions players.

Dec 9: Lions player Ben Duckett dropped from England XI for two-day tour game and facing disciplinary action for drink related incident.