"Cricket Australia has charged all-rounder James Faulkner with a level three offence under its Code of Behaviour after he was found to have been drink-driving in the United Kingdom earlier this month," Cricket Australia (CA) said in a media release on Tuesday.
"Faulkner has been charged under the Code for conduct that is
unbecoming of a representative
and that is or could be harmful to the interests of cricket.
"In accordance with the procedure of the Code, he was offered -
and accepted - sanctions in lieu
of a hearing before a Code of Behaviour Commissioner," it added.
He received 4 suspension points which, having regard to the
matches for which Faulkner was
most likely to be selected, apply 4 matches (until September 5, 2015) in Australia's upcoming series of limited overs matches against Ireland and England.
Now, Faulkner will not be considered for the Australian T20 or one-day international squads when announced in mid-August. Faulkner may be considered as a replacement for an injured player following his suspension if required.
Faulkner will also have to undergo an alcohol management counselling program as determined by the Cricket Australia Chief Medical Officer and pay for any damage to property caused by his actions while driving. He has also been formally reprimanded by CA for his behaviour.
Cricket Australia Executive General Manager of Team Performance Pat Howard said: "James has acknowledged the seriousness of his actions and has accepted the penalties handed down today. 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."