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Who is Jonny Bairstow? England cricket star investigated for alleged headbutt in Australia

JONNY BAIRSTOW is the latest England cricket star caught up in an alleged off-field row after being accused of headbutting Cameron Bancroft.

The wicket-keeper is being investigated by the ECB over claims he aimed a butt at Australia ace Bancroft in Perth.

 Jonny Bairstow is being investigated by the ECB

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Jonny Bairstow is being investigated by the ECB

Bairstow is now facing questions over his behaviour just months after Ben Stokes and Alex Hales were involved in an early-hours brawl after a night out in Bristol.

Stokes and Hales have been overlooked by the selectors for the tour of Australia until the police conclude their investigations into the fight.

Who is Jonny Bairstow?

Jonny Bairstow is an England cricket star who represents his country in Test, One-Day and Twenty20 versions of the game.

 England wicket-keeper Jonny Bairstow allegedly clashed with Cameron Bancroft

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England wicket-keeper Jonny Bairstow allegedly clashed with Cameron Bancroft

Bairstow, 28, is the son of former England batsman and wicket-keeper David Bairstow who also played professional football for Bradford City.

He plays county cricket for Yorkshire, and made his England Test debut as against West Indies in May 2012.


HEADBUTT ROW Jonny Bairstow investigated for alleged butt on Australia star


In 2016 Bairstow set a record for the most dismissals by a wicket-keeper in a calendar year (70), and also notched a record for the most Test runs by a wicket-keeper in a single year with 1,470,

He was also named one of the five Wisden Cricketers of the Year for 2016.

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What happened between Jonny Bairstow and Cameron Bancroft?

Jonny Bairstow is currently being investigated by the ECB over claims he allegedly headbutted Cameron Bancroft in Perth.

Claims have surfaced that Bairstow clashed with Australia opener Bancroft outside The Avenue bar at the start of the tour Down Under earlier this month.

The ECB have been made aware of the allegations and are conducting their inquiries while Bairstow is playing in the First Ashes Test against Australia in Brisbane.

 Australia batsman Cameron Bancroft is said to have clashed with Jonny Bairstow

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Australia batsman Cameron Bancroft is said to have clashed with Jonny Bairstow

Has Jonny Bairstow had discipline trouble before?

Jonny Bairstow has enjoyed an international career largely trouble-free until the last few months.

But he was one of three England players fined by the ECB in the wake of a night out in Bristol that saw Ben Stokes arrested for alleged assault.

Fast bowlers Liam Plunkett and Jake Ball were also punished for staying out late on the same night Stokes and Alex Hales were involved in an altercation.

Stokes and Hales have been made unavailable for selection by England pending the outcome of the police investigation.

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