Drink-driving charge for Faulkner

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Published: Friday 3rd July 2015 by The News Editor

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Australia and Lancashire all-rounder James Faulkner has admitted making “an error of judgement” after being charged with drink-driving by Greater Manchester Police.

Red Rose overseas star Faulkner, 25, has been released on bail and faces a court hearing in Manchester on July 21.

Cricket Australia, which has also charged him under its own code of behaviour, stated that the World Cup winner “returned a blood alcohol reading of approximately twice the the UK’s legal limit”.

Faulkner’s first punishment was to be dropped from Friday’s hotly-anticipated clash with Roses rivals Yorkshire in the NatWest T20 Blast.

Further disciplinary action will be taken, with CA and Lancashire acting in unison.

The player said: “I can’t excuse my actions and understand that I have let people down.

“My decision to drive was an error in judgement. I apologise unreservedly and accept any penalty handed to me by Cricket Australia and the relevant authorities.”

CA chief Pat Howard hinted at a hard-line approach to Faulkner’s actions.

“It is clear that he made a very poor decision to get behind the wheel of a car after drinking and that decision had potential to cause serious harm to him and others,” said Howard.

“It is also clear that he is very disappointed and embarrassed by his actions given his position as a role-model to young people.

“This is a very real wake-up call for James and all other Australian cricketers around the importance of responsible decision making.

“I have expressed my extreme disappointment and have informed him of the consequences under English Law and Cricket Australia’s own regulations.”

Published: Friday 3rd July 2015 by The News Editor

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