Ashes 2017/18: England's Jonny Bairstow allegedly 'headbutted' Cameron Bancroft in Perth bar

Nov 27, 2017, 01:05
Ashes 2017/18: England's Jonny Bairstow allegedly 'headbutted' Cameron Bancroft in Perth bar

Questions first raised after star all-rounder Ben Stokes was taken into police custody for a late-night brawl in Bristol in September.

Prior also opined that what Bairstow is accused of doing is nothing like David Warner' infamous run-in with Joe Root in 2013.

Bancroft was at that stage playing for Western Australia and hadn't yet been chosen for Australia.

According to reports from Fox Sports News, Bairstow allegedly headbutted Australian opening batsman Cameron Bancroft when the English side were in Perth ahead of the start of the series.

Aside from the humbling they are now receiving in the first Test at the Gabba, reports are emerging that wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow is being investigated following a late-night incident a few weeks ago.

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The incident reportedly occurred at the Avenue Bar in Perth ahead of England's warm-up game against Western Australia.

"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".

European Central Bank on Sunday released a statement after discussions with their wicketkeeper-batsman in which they came close to exonerating Bairstow while adding that they will conclude their investigations after the first Test.

There are no police reports, but it is believed that European Central Bank conducted an internal investgation on the matter.

Bancroft wasn't yet named in the Australian squad for the five-match Ashes series at the time of the incident.

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Another source told Sportsmail 'Jonny is a rugby man and part of their culture is to bump heads if someone buys them a drink.

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) is now trying to find out more facts about the alcohol-fuelled incident that entered the public domain on Sunday, when it was used as sledging fodder on day four of the Ashes opener.

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.

Indeed, Sportsmail understand that Bancroft, who made his first Test half century at the Gabba, did not want the incident to come to light and has no issue with Bairstow, who is said to have apologised for any misunderstanding.

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