UK View: England enraged by Jonny Bairstow 'stitch up'

UK View: England enraged by Jonny Bairstow 'stitch up'

Bairstow is now facing questions over his behaviour just months after Ben Stokes and Alex Hales were involved in an early-hours brawl after a night out in Bristol.

Australian opener David Warner was famously banned for two matches for a similarly minor confrontation with England player Joe Root at a Birmingham bar four years ago, and the European Central Bank will be under pressure to take heavy action.

The England and Wales Cricket Board has said that it has spoken to Bairstow after claims about an alleged incident involving Bancroft.

Jonny Bairstow of England speaks with England Secuirty Staff Member Sam Dickason.

"Cricket Australia did not want to become involved last night but England suspect the Australians have allowed their media to fire bullets for them". That was during a tour of England by the Windies team, and Bairstow was one of three England players penalised for unprofessional behaviour following an European Central Bank internal disciplinary proceeding about player conduct during the One-Day International series against Windies.

At the time, Bancroft was not really in serious contention to make the Ashes squad.

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They had arrived in Australia with questions having been raised, including by ex-England opener Michael Vaughan, about their team culture following the barrage of punches thrown by Stokes in the hours after a one-day worldwide against the West Indies in September. 'Following an initial conversation with Jonny Bairstow we understand the context and will follow up with England players and management after the Brisbane Test'. There has been no report of any incident from the venue, security or police and there was no injury reported.

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

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

At the start of the tour, head coach Trevor Bayliss confirmed that England's players would not be subject to curfews, although the expectation would be that they were to abstain from drinking between matches.

It is understood that Bancroft, who at that stage had not been selected for the Australian team, did not retaliate.