ANDREW STRAUSS was final evening fire-fighting his second England disaster in two months — however insisted the gamers “will not be thugs”.
After the Ben Stokes punch-up scandal, crew supremo Strauss is in emergency administration mode as soon as extra due to the weird Jonny Bairstow headbutt riddle.
Strauss has accused Joe Root’s crew of not utilizing their intelligence — however refuses to simply accept they lack professionalism or drink an excessive amount of.
He mentioned: “These guys will not be thugs. These are good, sincere, hard-working cricketers who’ve performed some nice issues in an England shirt.
“And I’ll again them on that to the hilt as a result of I do know them.”
There have been few extra peculiar episodes even within the chequered latest historical past of the England cricket crew.
Hours after touchdown in Australia on October 29 — and following a crew assembly warning of the hazards of going out late — Bairstow and different gamers went to a bar referred to as The Avenue in Perth.
There, someday after midnight, Bairstow was launched to a cricketer he didn’t know. He selected to greet him with a headbutt.
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Of all of the folks within the metropolis, Bairstow made contact with the person who — 4 weeks later — would make a shock Take a look at debut, open the batting towards England and hit the profitable runs.
Cameron Bancroft was not injured or indignant at Bairstow’s behaviour. He simply thought it was rattling bizarre.
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ECB director of cricket Strauss knows the team has a big image problem but will not discipline Bairstow.
He said: “Jonny mentioned that he bumped Cameron Bancroft, which is a greeting thing that he does with his mates.
“He assured me there was no malice, no intent, no aggression and, although I’m somewhat surprised he would choose to do such a thing, I’m taking him at his word.
“My understanding is that the England players had a couple of beers but weren’t inebriated. There was no curfew in place and they were free to enjoy an evening out.
England’s Ashes Test schedule
Nov 23-27 First Test (Brisbane)
Dec 2-6 Second Test (Adelaide)
Dec 14-18 Third Test (Perth)
Dec 26-30 Fourth Test (Melbourne)
Jan 4-8 Fifth Test (Sydney)
“We’ve done a lot of work over the last few weeks to make sure the players understand their responsibilities and have come up with a code of conduct.
“Now Jonny has seen how, in an Ashes series with so much attention, small issues can become bigger issues. There’s more clarity now as to what players can and can’t do.
“The players need to be smarter. They are adults, intelligent adults, but at times they are not using that intelligence in the right way.”
Aussie captain Steve Smith admitted the hosts used the headbutt to try to put Bairstow off. His departure was England’s last hope and the Aussies went on to complete a ten-wicket win in the Ashes opener.
Bairstow is sure to face a media scrum when he arrives in Adelaide today and will be booed by the 50,000 crowd during the pink-ball Second Test starting on Saturday.
Former England skipper Strauss plans imposing a midnight curfew from now on but said: “It’s impossible to stay in a hotel room for five months and keep your sanity.
“But there’s no way you should be putting yourself or the team in a position where people are making judgments on the back of what you’re doing.”