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ECB say they have talked to Bairstow over alleged incident
November 26, 2017 / 1:46 PM / 14 days ago

ECB say they have talked to Bairstow over alleged incident

(Reuters) - The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have discussed a reported bar-room incident involving Johnny Bairstow with the Ashes tour wicket-keeper, the board said in a statement.

FILE PHOTO - Cricket - England Nets - The Gabba, Brisbane, Australia - 19/11/13 England's Kevin Pietersen (L), Johnny Bairstow (2nd from L), Matt Prior and Alastair Cook (R) during training Mandatory Credit: Action Images / Jason O'Brien . Livepic

Australia’s Fox Sports reported that Bairstow was involved in a clash, in a hotel bar, with Australian player Cameron Bancroft in Perth during England’s warm-up for the series.

An ECB statement read: ”At close of play in Brisbane today, we were made aware of allegations of an incident in Perth four weeks ago. There has been no report of any incident from the venue, security or police and there was no injury reported.

”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 has not commented on the alleged incident.

The behaviour of England cricketers has come under scrutiny after all-rounder Ben Stokes was left out of the tour after he and team mate Alex Hales were arrested following an altercation outside a Bristol nightclub in September and released under investigation.

Australia will resume on the fifth and final day of the first test in Brisbane needed 56 runs to win with all their second-innings wickets intact.

Reporting by Simon Evans; Editing by Clare Fallon

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