England cricket officials investigate Bairstow-Bancroft clash

Cameron Bancroft was allegedly headbutted at a Perth bar.

Jonny Bairstow is being investigated by European Central Bank for the alleged incident.

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.

While nobody was said to be hurt in the incident it sparked heated confrontations on the field between Australian players and Bairstow, while he was batting in the second innings of the first Test in Brisbane on Sunday.

Bairstow was reportedly quick to apologise after the incident, and there is no police involvement or official complaints.

The question has to be asked, with the Bairstow incident coming hot on the heels of Ben Stokes' ugly Bristol street brawl, which remains under police investigation.

England coach Trevor Bayliss flagged the prospect of an Ashes curfew following the Stokes fracas but made a decision to give his players free rein, trusting them to enjoy themselves in a sensible manner.

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.

"David Warner had a fair bit to say to him (after the dismissal)", Fox Sports News' Neroli Meadows explained.

Last month Bairstow was one of three England players fined by the European Central Bank for "unprofessional conduct". Despite the controversy, no ban on alcohol was placed during the Ashes but players decided they would not drink in the immediate lead-up to matches.

The players sat down to set out some guidelines around how to approach drinking on this tour, according to coach Trevor Bayliss.

"There are no set curfews, they are just sensible rulings", Bayliss said earlier this month.

Warner was suspended back in 2013 after punching England's now-captain Joe Root in a Birmingham bar.



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