The England Cricket Board (ECB) had launched an investigation into the post-Ashes drinking session involving Australian and England players. Some of the England and Australia cricketers were seen enjoying drinks late into the morning following the conclusion of the 2021-22 Ashes in Hobart. The police had to intervene because the celebrations were considered “too noisy”.
A video of the incident has gone viral on social media and shows England skipper Joe Root and pacer James Anderson having drinks with Australian Travis Head, Nathan Lyon, Alex Carey and others. The video was reportedly taken by England assistant manager Graham Thorpe and was posted by the Sydney Morning Herald.
Players from both sides are said to have been drinking late until 6 a.m. and had to be told to go back to bed by the police, who intervened in the celebrations after another guest staying at the hotel complained about the noise. The players had their drinks and partied on the fourth floor terrace of the Crowne Plaza hotel in Hobart.
“Too loud. You’ve obviously been asked to pack your bags, so we’ve been told to come. It’s bedtime. Thank you. They just want to pack their bags,” a policeman can be heard say in the video, asking the group to go back to their room. Players can be seen leaving immediately with no fuss.
However, the video left the ECB in an awkward position with captain Root pictured drinking and celebrating with Australian players following England’s chaotic 4-0 loss in the Ashes. England lost the first three consecutive Tests before drawing the fourth to avoid a clean sweep.
They would have hoped to end the series with a consolation victory having already conceded the prestigious Urn. However, Australia continued their dominant run in the series and won the fifth final Test by 156 runs to remain unbeaten in the series.
“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 said in a statement.
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“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 any inconvenience caused. The ECB will investigate further. In the meantime, we will make no further comment.”
While no wrongdoing was reported by the players, the video surely came at a bad time for the ECB following the team’s 4-0 loss at the hands of Australia.