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The Ashes: Trevor Bayliss warns England to wise up after Jonny Bairstow incident

England cricket team coach Trevor Bayliss has urged the tourists to be “smarter” after expressing frustration over Jonny Bairstow’s headbutt incident with Cameron Bancroft during the Ashes warm-up game.

cricket Updated: Nov 27, 2017 19:57 IST
By Peter Thompson
By Peter Thompson
Omnisport, Brisbane
Trevor Bayliss-coached England lost the first Ashes Test by 10 wickets.
Trevor Bayliss-coached England lost the first Ashes Test by 10 wickets. (AFP)

Trevor Bayliss said his England players must stop making “dumb decisions” after an incident involving Jonny Bairstow which he felt armed Australia with “ammunition” in their bid to regain the Ashes.

Bayliss and Bairstow played down reports of the England wicketkeeper-batsman headbutting Australia batsman Cameron Bancroft in a Perth bar at the start of the tour after the tourists suffered a 10-wicket defeat in the first Test at the Gabba on Monday.

(Read | Ashes 2017-18: Australia crush England by 10 wickets at the Gabba, go 1-0 up)

Bancroft explained after Australia’s resounding victory that Bairstow “just greeted me with a headbutt kind of thing” but insisted there was no malice on the Yorkshireman’s part.

Bairstow stated that he wanted to “swipe this underneath the table” and the incident had been blown out of proportion, while Bayliss confirmed no disciplinary action will be taken.

The England head coach has had to contend with flying out for the Ashes without Ben Stokes after the vice-captain was arrested on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm on a night out in Bristol and he urged the team to stop being so naive off the field.

(Read | Ashes 2017-18: A dream start for Australia, problems mount up for England)

“It has given not just the Australian team but the media the chance to get involved with stuff other than cricket,” said Bayliss.

“That’s the disappointing thing and that’s what we’ve got to be better at. We can’t put ourselves in these situations however small they are. It’s a distraction.

“We want to get on with the cricket. But it has given the opposition ammunition to put pressure on as well. We are here to play cricket and we have to find a way to play as well as we can and have no distractions from outside that.

(Read | Ashes 2017-18: Joe Root urges England to be strong after 10-wicket drubbing)

“There was no malice in it and Jonny did not break the code of conduct we had in place before this [but] I’m sure there will be a review of that. Probably we will tighten up curfews. I’m sure there will be further discussion between management and players.

“We have to be smarter. Most people like going out at night for couple of quiet ones, but you have to be careful you don’t do anything stupid. If that means not having anything to drink then so be it.”

He added: “You can head out [for a night out], but obviously not be stupid. That’s the disappointing thing, we make dumb decisions at different times. Yes, I thought players’ behaviour would change after Bristol as well. They would be extra dumb and stupid if it didn’t.”

First Published: Nov 27, 2017 16:01 IST