England probe Bairstow-Bancroft clash

It's understood Bancroft only told teammates of the incident in the past few days and has accepted an apology from Bairstow.

Bancroft was at that stage playing for Western Australia and hadn't yet been chosen for Australia.

Crossing paths: Cameron Bancroft works the ball away with Jonny Bairstow behind the stumps. 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.

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.

England's cricket board is investigating a physical altercation between Jonny Bairstow and Cameron Bancroft that allegedly occurred in a Perth bar earlier this month.

The England and Wales Cricket Board has spoken to Bairstow about the allegations.

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Bancroft wasn't yet named in the Australian squad for the five-match Ashes series at the time of the incident.

The 35-year-old was backed by the English media who argued the reports were simply trying to stir the pot with no facts behind them.

'There has been no report of any incident from the venue, security or police and there was no injury reported, ' said the European Central Bank statement.

Bairstow, 28, is the son of former England batsman and wicket-keeper David Bairstow who also played professional football for Bradford City.

"Following an initial conversation with Jonny Bairstow tonight, we understand the context and will follow up with England players and management after the Brisbane Test".

Bairstow indeed was fined by European Central Bank in the fall-out of the Stokes affair along with Liam Plunkett and Jake Ball for being out late - but doing nothing wrong - on the same night that the talisman got involved in a serious altercation.

It's the second incident that has sparked controversy in England's Ashes campaign after vice-captain Ben Stokes was suspended for his involvement in a pub brawl before the series. We certainly don't want to keep players in their rooms because it is a long tour.


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