The ECB has launched an investigation into an overnight drinking session involving Joe Root and James Anderson and into a video in which an assistant coach’s position is questionable.
England veterans Root and Anderson, and three Australian players, reportedly had their Ashes party shut down after police were called to a hotel in Hobart.
In a video allegedly made by England assistant Graham Thorpe – which has gone viral on social media – Root, along with Alex Carey, Travis Head and Nathan Lyon, could face at least four police officers and be told to move on. .
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Despite a noise complaint believed to have been the reason for the relocation orders, the Daily Mail is now reporting that police have been called to the establishment over Thorpe smoking indoors.
Thorpe’s position as England assistant coach is now under serious doubt, with players reportedly in “disbelief” at his decision to film the incident.
On top of the Hobart debacle, the Daily Mail report adds: “Clearly his coaching methods have not been well received by the batsmen on this tour.”
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The England and Wales Cricket Board confirmed on Tuesday that it is investigating the incident.
“In the early hours of Monday morning, members of the England and Australian men’s teams had a drink in the team rooms of the Hobart hotel,” the ECB statement said.
“Hotel management received a noise complaint from a hotel guest and, as is customary in Australia, the local police arrived on the scene.
“When the hotel management and Tasmanian police asked them to leave, the players and management left and returned to their respective hotel rooms. The English party has apologized for the inconvenience caused.
“The ECB will conduct further investigations. Until then, we will not comment further.”
In the video, the group is asked to stop drinking and enter from the roof terrace.
A clock tower in the background reads 6.30am, indicating that the cricketers had been up all night celebrating the end of the men’s Ashes series on Sunday.
A police officer is heard saying: “Too loud. You’ve clearly been asked to pack, so we’ve been asked to come.
“Bedtime. Thank you.
“They just want to pack.”
The Daily Telegraph understand that a noise complaint has been made to the team hotel as the group was playing music from the balcony.
The publication reports that the complaint related to the music volume and there was no problem with the group’s behavior, while the police were called before the hotel management was notified.
A Tasmania Police spokesman said officers had removed players from a bar at the Crowne Plaza Hotel following noise complaints.
“Tasmania Police were at the Crowne Plaza Hobart Monday morning after reports of drunken people in a party room,” the spokesperson said. The Daily Telegraph.
“The guests were approached by the police just after 06:00 and left the area when asked. The police will not take any further action.”
The players weren’t back at the team hotel until around 1:30 AM on Monday morning, while the hotel’s website says the bar is open between 10:30 AM and 11 PM.
Later in the day, the Australian cricket team’s celebrations were filmed in Hobart’s Salamanca Market area.
Usman Khawaja posted a video on social media showing Lyon in charge while mingling with cricket fans.
The music videos end with Lyon standing up holding the Ashes trophy and singing “We are the Champions” in front of a raucous audience.
Steve Smith also posted a video of the celebrations as the Australian players sang Sweet Caroline with the Barmy Army.