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BREAKING NEWS: ECB to investigate allegations of Bairstow headbutt on Bancroft

135   //    26 Nov 2017, 17:59 IST
England wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow and Australia opener Cameron Bancroft

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) is to investigate allegations that Jonny Bairstow headbutted Australia batsman Cameron Bancroft in Perth before the Ashes series started.

England were left facing a crushing defeat in the first Test at the Gabba after Australia dominated day four and Fox Sports claimed later on Sunday that Bairstow had been involved in an incident at a bar while the tourists were in Perth to face a Western Australia XI.

The ECB stated that is aware of the reports and spoke to Bairstow after play ended in Brisbane on the penultimate day of the Test.

"At close of play in Brisbane today, we were made aware of allegations of an incident in Perth four weeks ago," an ECB statement said.

"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."

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