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England label Bairstow drama an Australian Ashes conspiracy

England label Bairstow drama an Australian Ashes conspiracy

Bairstow was fined after being one of the players out the night all-rounder Ben Stokes was arrested on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm following an incident outside a Bristol nightclub in September.

However, the news immediately brought back memories of Warner's infamous altercation with now England captain Joe Root in the Birmingham Walkabout bar during the 2013 Champions Trophy tournament.

GLOUCESTERSHIRE opener Cameron Bancroft is at the centre of allegations surrounding England wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow who, it is claimed, headbutted the Australian in a late-night incident.

JONNY BAIRSTOW is the latest England cricket star caught up in an alleged off-field row after being accused of headbutting Cameron Bancroft.

England go into the final day of the first Ashes 2017-18 Test with just 56 runs to defend on the final day with Australia having all their 10 wickets intact.

The incident reportedly occurred at the Avenue Bar in Perth ahead of England's warm-up game against Western Australia. Bairstow is believed to have apologised at the time.

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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.

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.

The ECB said there was no report of any incident from the venue, security or police and no injury reported.

When then Australian coach Mickey Arthur became aware of that episode several days later Warner was disciplined and ultimately forced to sit out the first two Tests of the Ashes series that followed, as well as being sent to South Africa to briefly join an Australia A tour.

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.

The incident took place outside the Avenue Hotel in Perth when England were in town to play a 2-day practice match against Australia XI. We certainly don't want to keep players in their rooms because it is a long tour.