Police evict players in Hobart, Joe Root, Nathan Lyon, Travis Head, James Anderson
The ECB has launched an investigation into an all-night drinking session involving Joe Root and James Anderson and a video that casts doubt on the position of an assistant coach.
England veterans Root and Anderson, along with three Australian players, reportedly had their Ashes party shut down after police were called to a hotel in Hobart.
In a video allegedly taken by England assistant Graham Thorpe – which has gone viral on social media – Root, along with Alex Carey, Travis Head and Nathan Lyon can be seen confronted by at least four police officers and told to move on thing.
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Despite a noise complaint purported to be the reason for the move orders, the Daily Mail now reports that police were called to the facility because Thorpe was smoking inside.
Thorpe’s position as England assistant manager is now in serious doubt, with players apparently ‘in disbelief’ at his decision to film the incident.
Adding to Hobart’s debacle, the Daily Mail report adds: “It is understood that his training methods have not been well received by drummers on this tour.”
The England and Wales Cricket Board confirmed on Tuesday that it was investigating the incident.
“During the early hours of Monday morning, members of the England and Australia men’s teams shared a drink in the team areas of the hotel in Hobart,” the ECB statement said.
“Hotel management received a noise complaint from a hotel guest and, as is common in Australia, local police attended the scene.
“When asked to leave by hotel management and Tasmania Police, the players and management in question left and returned to their respective hotel rooms. The England side apologized for the inconvenience caused.
“The ECB will investigate further. In the meantime, we will not comment further.
In the video, the group is asked to stop drinking and move inside from the rooftop terrace.
A clock tower in the background reads 6.30am, suggesting cricketers had stayed up all night to celebrate the end of the Ashes men’s series on Sunday.
A policeman can be heard saying, “Too loud. You were obviously asked to pack your bags, so we were asked to come.
“Time for bed. Thank you.
“They just want to pack their bags.”
The Daily Telegraph understands that a noise complaint, as the band played music from the balcony, was filed at the team’s hotel.
The publication reports that the complaint was about the volume of the music and that there were no issues with the band’s behavior, while police were called before hotel management was notified.
According to a Tasmania Police spokesperson, officers had removed players from a bar at the Crowne Plaza hotel after noise complaints.
‘Tasmania Police attended Crowne Plaza Hobart on Monday morning after reports of people being intoxicated in a reception area,’ the spokesperson said. The Daily Telegraph.
“Guests were picked up by police just after 6am and left when asked. No further action will be taken by the police.
The players did not return to the team hotel until around 1:30 a.m. on Monday morning, despite the hotel’s website stating that the bar is open between 10:30 a.m. and 11 p.m.
Later in the day, the Australian cricket team were filmed continuing the celebrations in the Salamanca Market area of Hobart.
Usman Khawaja posted a video on social media with Lyon in the lead while mingling with cricket fans.
The music videos end with Lyon standing tall while holding the Ashes trophy and singing “We are the Champions” in front of a raucous crowd.
Steve Smith also posted a video of the celebrations as Australian players sang Sweet Caroline with the Barmy Army.