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Jonny Bairstow: England wicketkeeper spoken to by European Central Bank over Perth 'incident'

27 November 2017, 01:06 | Donald Newman

Jonny Bairstow is said to have ‘headbutted’ Australia batsman Cameron Bancroft

Michael Vaughan speaks out after Jonny Bairstow 'headbutts' Ashes rival

The matter has arisen at a time of heightened awareness of the off-the-field behaviour of England players, following Ben Stokes' arrest on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm during a fracas outside a Bristol nightclub in September.

England and Wales Cricket Board will look into a physical altercation between Jonny Bairstow and Cameron Bancroft at the end of the ongoing first Ashes Test in Brisbane, the board said in a statement on Sunday (November 26).

Bairstow and Bancroft crossed paths shortly after England arrived in Australia, where they started their tour with a tune-up at the WACA.

It has been believed that Bairstow headbutted Bancroft at a bar in Perth earlier this month.The incident happened a few weeks earlier when the visitors were in Perth for their opening warm-up match.

It is understood that Bancroft, who at that stage had not been selected for the Australian team, did not retaliate. On top of breaking at stumps on day four, with defeat all but certain for the tourists in the first Test, it comes at a time when serious questions are being asked of the drinking culture in the England team. "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", ECB spokesman said in a statement.

Claims have surfaced that Bairstow clashed with Australia opener Bancroft outside the Avenue Hotel at the start of the tour Down Under earlier this month.

The 35-year-old was backed by the English media who argued the reports were simply trying to stir the pot with no facts behind them.

No police report has been filed as of yet and it remains to be seen if the incident will be reviewed by the European Central Bank.

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.

"They say Bairstow and Bancroft knocked heads while grappling rugby-style in a non-aggressive manner".

Last month Bairstow was one of three England players fined by the European Central Bank for "unprofessional conduct".

The incident could have implications for Bairstow, who is now in Brisbane for the Ashes tour. We certainly don't want to keep players in their rooms because it is a long tour.

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