The ECB has spoken to Bairstow following reports that he headbutted Bancroft in Perth four weeks ago
Michael Vaughan believes Jonny Bairstow could have a “big, big problem” as England investigate allegations about a late-night altercation with Australia opener Cameron Bancroft.
The England and Wales Cricket Board has spoken to Bairstow following reports that the England wicketkeeper headbutted Bancroft in Perth four weeks ago.
Broadcast pundit and former England captain Vaughan has voiced his concerns over the situation, citing the team’s agreement before the start of their Ashes tour to a collective code of conduct for off-the-field behaviour.
The latest issue, surrounding an incident which took place at the very start of the Ashes trip, has arisen at a time of heightened awareness following Ben Stokes’ arrest on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm during a fracas outside a Bristol nightclub in September.
Speaking on BT Sport, Vaughan said: “I think we need to know the full facts, and England will look into it straight after this game.
“This is a big issue for the team. You go back two months ago with the Ben stokes incident – Jonny Bairstow was fined by the ECB around that incident for being out too late.
“I believe 24 hours before England came to Australia the players sat in a room and went through their own code of conduct. Now if Jonny Bairstow on the first night of Australia has broken that code of conduct, also on a fine already from an incident two months ago, I think he has a big, big problem.”
A brief ECB statement previously confirmed on Sunday that management staff have asked Bairstow about the alleged incident and will revisit the matter once the first Test is concluded.
The statement was issued several hours after the end of the fourth day in Brisbane, where Bancroft made his debut.
It 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.”
Stokes remains at home, unavailable for England’s tour while he waits to find out if he will be charged by police.
Bairstow was one of three players who were fined by the ECB last month and accepted formal written warnings for “unprofessional conduct â unrelated to the investigations into Ben Stokes and Alex Hales”.
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