ECB to investigate allegations of Bairstow headbutt on Bancroft

ECB has said in a statement that it was made aware of these allegations after stumps on day four of the Brisbane Test.

England wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow is alleged to have headbutt Australia opener Cameron Bancroft   -  Getty Images

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

England was 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 tourist was in Perth to face a Western Australia XI.

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

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"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."