Michael Vaughan: How does Joe Root stop someone acting like an idiot?
Michael Vaughan: How does Joe Root stop someone acting like an idiot?

Mutiny: England legends accused of Root sabotage

CRICKET: Stuart Clark believes a lack of respect for Joe Root is sabotaging England's Ashes campaign, while Michael Vaughan is aghast at the 'stupidity' of the touring side's late-night drinkers.

England was hit by its second alcohol-related controversy of the tour last week, with Ben Duckett - a member of the Lions squad shadowing Root's men - handed a maximum fine, banned from playing for the remainder of England Lions' trip and issued with a final written warning for pouring beer over James Anderson.

The incident took place at 'the Avenue' bar in Perth, where Jonny Bairstow famously greeted Australian batsman Cameron Bancroft with a headbutt sparking the inposition of a team curfew.

Clark, who took 26 wickets for Australia in the 2006-07 Ashes whitewash, is against the curfew and believes England's biggest problem is a lack of respect for its captain.

"The toss sums it up for me, what happened at Adelaide," Clark said on Fox Sports News' Bill and Boz. "Broad and Anderson didn't want to bowl.

"Joe Root goes out and bowls, they run in and bowl half rat power all over the place and go 'I'm not really interested.' It goes to show me a lack of respect for Joe Root.

Clark: Anderson and Broad showed a lack of respect to Root.
Clark: Anderson and Broad showed a lack of respect to Root.

"Those two to me stood up and went 'I don't care what Joe Root thinks' and that's a problem. And that's a problem stemming right through the team.

"There is no leadership. (Coach) Trevor's (Bayliss) a lovely bloke, Trevor's nice, but he's not an authoritarian leader."

Clark's thoughts echo those of Kevin Piteresen, who over the weekend Tweeted that the Duckett incident was a "f*****g embarrassment."


"I have heard there are rumours that a couple of people didn't want to bowl first in Adelaide," Pietersen said.

"If a couple of people didn't want to bowl and Root's made that decision and they've lost, yeah there are certain factions that can happen in dressing rooms when that happens."

Meanwhile, former England skipper Michael Vaughan is incredulous that, on their first night back in Perth and after the Ashes squad's curfew was lifted, 10 players joined Lions colleagues in the very same bar where Bairstow got himself into trouble.

"To think you've gone back to the same bar where the Bairstow incident happened, the first night you're back in town, it's just stupid," Vaughan said.

"You can't fathom the mentality of a group of people who suddenly say 'Right, we're going out, we've found a venue, and you know what, we're going back (to) the Avenue bar'.

"You have one or two bad eggs and let's be honest, they act like students when they go out, big trays of shots."

Vaughan said he has little time for the "excuse" that social media puts players in an impossible position.

"It winds me up when I hear this social media is the problem," Vaughan said.

"Social media didn't pour a drink over someone's head; social media didn't punch someone in the street in Bristol; social media didn't introduce himself with a headbutt.

"Social media didn't release what happened on Thursday night. It's an easy excuse.

"The perception of this England side is that they drink and party too much. There's only one way to deal with it - don't do it."