Bairstow under probe for alleged headbutt on Bancroft

England star investigated over Bancroft headbutt
Who is Jonny Bairstow? England cricket star investigated for alleged headbutt in Australia
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27 November, 2017

It is understood that Bancroft, who at that stage had not been selected for the Australian team, did not retaliate.

Sportsmail understands that ECB's highly respected security advisor Reg Dickason, on red alert after the punch-up outside a Bristol bar in September that led to Stokes being accused of causing actual bodily harm, was at The Avenue bar in Perth with the players and was happy that no bad behaviour had occurred.

Jonny Bairstow of England speaks with England Secuirty Staff Member Sam Dickason.

English players also enjoyed beers in Adelaide and Townsville, where the visitors played their other tour game prior to landing in Brisbane for the first Test. England are already in the soup after their mainstay all-rounder Ben Stokes is still under police investigation after being involved in a fight0night outside a Bristol nightclub.

England cricketer Jonny Bairstow has been questioned over claims he headbutted Australia's Cameron Bancroft in a bar in Perth. "They are the ones who have come up with this".

Cameron Bairstow is in hot water over the allegations.

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The Bairstow incident is potentially another major setback for an England side that is nearly certain to head to Adelaide one down in the five-match series.

"Following an initial conversation with Jonny Bairstow tonight, we understand the context and will follow up with England players and management after the Brisbane Test".

The incident at Perth also rekindles memories of the Warner-Joe Root controversy in which the Australian was suspended for punching Root at a bar. The incident allegedly took place earlier this month at a Perth hotel bar while England were in town for a tour match, reports said.

The England and Wales Cricket Board says it has spoken to the wicket-keeper over the alleged incident, which happened four weeks ago.

Whether the European Central Bank deem the Bairstow episode to be worthy of further action or not, it will inevitably lead to renewed questions about the freedom afforded to England players, particularly in light of the Stokes affair.

There is an acceptance within the European Central Bank that they can not keep the players confined to hotel rooms on tours that last for weeks on end but the last thing they needed was more accusations that any of their players had done anything wrong.


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