What really happened between Bancroft & Bairstow?

England wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow says his alleged headbutt on Australia batsman Cameron Bancroft has been “completely blown out of proportion”.

The incident, which took place on a night out in Perth in October, came to light during the hosts’ 10-wicket win in the first Test in Brisbane.

Bairstow and Bancroft said there was “no malice” in the action.

England coach Trevor Bayliss said his players have “got to be smarter” away from the pitch.

Bairstow will not be disciplined over the incident.

Bayliss added: “Most people like having a couple of quiet ones, but we’ve got to be careful we don’t do anything stupid.”

The Australian said it was “disappointing” that the incident had given the Australia players an opportunity to “get under Jonny’s skin” during the Test.

England are without all-rounder Ben Stokes, who is awaiting the outcome of a police investigation into his involvement in a fight outside a Bristol nightclub on 25 September.

Bairstow was one of three other players fined by the England and Wales Cricket Board and accepted formal written warnings for “unprofessional conduct” – on the same Bristol night out, although unrelated to the Stokes investigation.

On the eve of the Ashes, Bayliss said the players had “come up” with their own “sensible rulings” around drinking on the tour, including “no set curfews” and no drinking between matches.

Following the first Test defeat, Bayliss was again asked about player behaviour.

“The disappointing thing is we make dumb decisions at different times. We’ve just got to be smarter and if that means not drinking then so be it.”

He said he thought players would make sure they behaved following the Stokes incident and added they would be “extra dumb” if they did not now.

What did Bairstow say?

Bairstow addressed reporters without taking questions before Bayliss, England captain Joe Root, Australia counterpart Steve Smith and Bancroft spoke to the media.

Bairstow, 28, said: “I caught up with one of my friends and we went and caught up with some of the Western Australia guys after they’d just beaten Tasmania. We were in the bar having a good laugh and a good evening out. Cameron and I enjoyed the evening and continued to do so.

“There was no intent nor malice about anything during the evening.

“As you could see out there today, there’s no animosity between myself, Cameron and any other of the Australian players.

“Hopefully now we can swipe this underneath the table, continue what’s going to be a fantastic and exciting series and we move on from there.”

Was the incident mentioned during the game?

Australia opener David Warner made reference to the incident in the middle during England’s second innings on day four, when his comments were picked up by the stump microphone. He reportedly said “you shouldn’t headbutt our mates”.