England Lions players sent home from tour

Last updated 12:06 21/02/2013

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New Zealand-born Ben Stokes and Kent bowler Matt Coles have been sent home from the England Lions' tour of Australia for disciplinary reasons.

Both players attended a hearing with the England and Wales Cricket Board and apologised for their behaviour. England's second-string team has had heavy defeats in its opening two one-day matches against Australia A.

ECB performance director David Parsons says, "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."

The 21-year-old Stokes has played five ODIs and two T20s for England.

The top England squad is touring New Zealand.

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