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Feb 20, 2013 at 05:07pm IST

England Lions duo sent home from Australia for breaking rules

London: England Lions players Ben Stokes and Matt Coles have been sent home from the second-string cricket tour of Australia after repeated misdemeanours.

"On a very challenging tour to Australia, both 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," performance director David Parsons said in a statement on Wednesday.

England Lions duo sent home from Australia for breaking rules

Durham allrounder Stokes, 21 and born in New Zealand, has played five ODIs and two T20s for the full England side. (Getty Images)

Durham allrounder Stokes, 21 and born in New Zealand, has played five one-day internationals and two Twenty20s for the full England side while Kent pace bowler Coles, 22, was knocking on the door.

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