CAPTAIN Harry Brook was dropped by England Under-19s for the final match of their World Cup campaign against New Zealand due to disciplinary reasons.

The 18-year-old Yorkshire batsman sat out England's 32-run win over host nation New Zealand in Queenstown, with Will Jacks leading the side in his absence.

According to the International Cricket Council, the England camp confirmed that Brook's omission was for "a disciplinary matter but are yet to disclose the reason".

Brook had been averaging 119.5 in the Under-19 World Cup with 239 runs in five innings, including one century and two half-centuries.

Yet he could not prevent England from being knocked out by Australia in the Super League quarter-finals, with the win over New Zealand coming in the play-off for seventh place.

Speaking after the New Zealand game, England Under-19s coach Jon Lewis said: “Harry missed the match because he broke a team rule, so we decided to leave him out and deal with it internally. We’ll let you know if anything happens after that.

“The team exists and the rules apply to everyone, so the captain breaks the rule and he missed the game. If rules are broken then disciplinary action sometimes needs to be taken.”

English cricket has been hit by several disciplinary issues in recent months.

All-rounder Ben Stokes missed the Ashes tour after being arrested following an incident outside a Bristol nightclub in September.

Lions batsman Ben Duckett was then sanctioned by the England and Wales Cricket Board after pouring beer over Test star James Anderson in a Perth bar in December.

The ECB also fined and issued written warnings to Jonny Bairstow, Jake Ball and Liam Plunkett following an investigation into behaviour during the ODI series against the West Indies.

Yorkshire batsman Bairstow hit the headlines down under as well after greeting Cameron Bancroft with what the Australian opener described as a "headbutt", also in a Perth bar, on the first night of England's tour in October.