England rocked by allegations that Bairstow "headbutted" Bancroft

Ruben Hill
November 26, 2017

Fox Sports News suggests the late-night clash happened outside the Avenue Hotel at the start of England's tour.

Australia Test squad: Steve Smith (c), David Warner (vc), Cameron Bancroft, Usman Khawaja, Peter Handscomb, Shaun Marsh, Tim Paine (wk), Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood, Jackson Bird, Chadd Sayers.

Bairstow, 28, was sledged by the Australians when batting in England's second innings at the Gabba on Sunday before departing for 42.

The news comes with Australia on the cusp on victory with a day to play in the first Ashes test, needing just 56 runs to win and with 10 wickets in hand.

The England and Wales Cricket Board are investigating reports wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow "headbutted" Australia batsman Cameron Bancroft during a night out in Perth earlier in the month.

It's also believed Cameron Bancroft was not hurt in any way.

Warner was suspended back in 2013 after punching England's now-captain Joe Root in a Birmingham bar. Bairstow is alleged to have made contact with the side of Bancroft's head and later apologised.

An England spokesperson refused to comment on the validity of the claims, but the European Central Bank have been keenly aware that the behaviour of the squad would be under fierce scrutiny from the moment they set foot in Australia.

Stokes had been out with England limited-overs teammate Alex Hales and the early-morning fight had captured on video, with the footage of the 26-year-old flooring a man with a punch shocking many.

England's coach, Trevor Bayliss, explained at the time: "The players sat down and had a chat".

If Stokes is charged by police, he will be no chance of joining the England tour here and even if he is cleared he must face an European Central Bank disciplinary process.

He had previously been picked for a Test series in Bangladesh in 2015 before that tour was cancelled for security reasons.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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