Ashes rocked by claims Jonny Bairstow headbutted Cameron Bancroft outside hotel

Ashes rocked by claims Jonny Bairstow headbutted Cameron Bancroft outside hotel

Ashes rocked by claims Jonny Bairstow headbutted Cameron Bancroft outside hotel

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.

19/11/13 England's Kevin Pietersen (L), Johnny Bairstow (2nd from L), Matt Prior and Alastair Cook (R) during training Mandatory Credit: Action Images / Jason O'Brien.

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. "At close of play in Brisbane today, we were made aware of allegations of an incident in Perth four weeks ago", the statement read.

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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.

Earlier in October, former England vice-captain Ben Stokes was withdrawn from the Ashes squad by the European Central Bank in the wake of a pending investigation into an incident which led to Stokes getting arrested in Bristol on suspicion of causing bodily harm. Bairstow scored 42 as England were dismissed for 195, leaving Australia 170 runs to win the Test and they ended the day - the fourth - only 56 adrift with all 10 second-innings wickets in hand.

The England and Wales Cricket Board have confirmed they are investigating.

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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.

Bairstow, along with Jake Ball and Liam Plunkett, not in the Ashes tour party, was one of three England players who were given a formal written warning and were fined for their unprofessional conduct by the European Central Bank in Bristol. "They are the ones who have come up with this".

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.

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England's coach, Trevor Bayliss, explained at the time: "The players sat down and had a chat". You have to get out and experience what the country you're touring has to offer. If a third England player (after Stokes and Alex Hales) is shown to have been involved in any sort of violent incident while in a social environment, it would raise questions about the culture and management of the England squads.

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