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Kent bowler Matt Coles sent home from the England Lions tour of Australia

20 February 2013

Matt Coles

Kent bowler Matt Coles has been sent home from the England Lions tour of Australia for unprofessional conduct.

The 22-year-old is one of two England players flying back from Down Under, alongside Durham all-rounder Ben Stokes.

A statement on the ECB website said the pair "had contravened their conduct obligations previously during the tour and had been issued with written warnings".

ECB performance director David Parsons said: "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."

Coles (pictured) said: "I am very sorry about what has happened in Australia and I believe I have learnt my lesson. I have apologised to the players and coaches involved, so would now like to move forward from this by looking ahead to the start of the county season at Kent."

England Lions trail 2-0 in their five-match series with Australia A. Coles finished the first One-Day International in Hobart with bowling figures of 0-53 and did not play in the second game.

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