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Australia all-rounder James Faulkner given four-match ban for drink-driving

Cricket Australia bans all-rounder James Faulkner for four matches following his drink-driving charge.

Australia all-rounder James Faulkner has been given a four-match ban by Cricket Australia after being charged with drink-driving.

The 25-year-old, who is due in court on July 21, will miss his country's upcoming limited-overs tour of the UK and Ireland.

Faulkner was charged by Greater Manchester Police at the start of July after being found twice over the legal blood-alcohol limit.

Australia's tour of the UK and Ireland comprises six limited-overs matches, but Cricket Australia has taken the decision to exclude the player from the whole tour. However, Faulkner will be recalled for the final two fixtures should any other players get injured and a replacement is needed.

"James has acknowledged the seriousness of his actions and has accepted the penalties handed down today," Cricket Australia chief Pat Howard said. "He has cooperated fully with the disciplinary procedure and is deeply remorseful.

"We have reminded James that his actions had serious potential to cause harm to him and others. Aside from the suspension handed down, he has been formally reprimanded for his behaviour.

"In saying that, we do acknowledge that James has been a player with a good track record and we would like to think that this episode is very much out of character."

Faulkner, who was left out of Australia's Ashes squad, currently plays for Lancashire.

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