England star investigated over Bancroft headbutt

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Wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow is now being investigated for allegedly headbutting Australia's debutant Cameron Bancroft, which occurred in Perth at the beginning of England's tour of Australia.

Reports in Australia have claimed the England wicketkeeper headbutted Bancroft in a bar in Perth four weeks ago.

No police report has been filed as of yet and it remains to be seen if the incident will be reviewed by the European Central Bank.

When then Australian coach Mickey Arthur became aware of that episode several days later Warner was disciplined and ultimately forced to sit out the first two Tests of the Ashes series that followed, as well as being sent to South Africa to briefly join an Australia A tour.

Bancroft, who is from Western Australia, lives in Perth.

Bancroft was at that stage playing for Western Australia and hadn't yet been chosen for Australia. Bancroft is a resident of Perth while the England team was in Perth for their first practice game of the tour.

The Bairstow incident is potentially another major setback for an England side that is nearly certain to head to Adelaide one down in the five-match series. "Their heads met. They carried on drinking together".

Australia celebrate after the third umpire gave Mooen Ali out
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Cricket Australia (CA) refused to comment.

Another source told Sportsmail 'Jonny is a rugby man and part of their culture is to bump heads if someone buys them a drink. The suggestion of a headbutt is complete b*******'.

"More ammo for accusations of a drink culture, but this will not help relations between the teams".

The alleged incident took place before the start of the Ashes tour.

Bairstow, meanwhile, was one of three players who were fined by the European Central Bank last month and accepted formal written warnings for "unprofessional conduct - unrelated to the investigations into Ben Stokes and Alex Hales". Bairstow, innocent or not, has provided more fuel to the fire.

What happened between Jonny Bairstow and Cameron Bancroft?

England were clearly inclined to give Bairstow, who has received enormous praise and respect after the release of his book A Clear Blue Sky, the benefit of the doubt and sensed Australian mischief at work. But clearly, even with an Australian like Handscomb who is both a friend and a former team-mate of Bairstow, the gloves are off.

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