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ECB launches investigation into post-Ashes drinking session involving captain Root

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) had launched an investigation concerning a late-night drinking meeting including captain Joe Root after police were called to break up the post Ashes party at the team hotel.

Veteran England pacer James Anderson and three Australian players Alex Carey, Travis Head, and Nathan Lyon were additionally found in a video as they got together to mark the end of the Ashes at the tourist’s Hobart hotel, as per reports.

The ECB on Tuesday said 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 said.

“The hotel management received a noise complaint by a hotel guest, and as is commonplace in Australia, the local police attended the scene,” the statement said.

 

“When asked to leave by hotel management and the Tasmanian police, the players and management in question left and returned to their respective hotel rooms. The England party have apologised for any inconvenience caused.”

The video, which has gone viral, was reportedly taken by England assistant Graham Thorpe.

The players were seen being confronted by at least four cops who advised them to close down the party and disperse.

“Lyon and Carey were still in their playing whites having capped off a 4-0 Ashes triumph over England the night before,” ‘Fox Sports’ reported.
“Tasmania police confirmed they were called to the Crowne Plaza hotel after 06:00 local time following a report of “intoxicated people” but said no further action would be taken.”

According to reports, a cop can be heard saying, “Too loud. You have obviously been asked to pack up, so we’ve been asked to come.”
“Time for bed. Thank you. They just want to pack up.”

As indicated by a representative from Tasmania Police, officers had removed players from a bar at the Crowne Plaza Hotel after noise complaints.

“Tasmania Police attended the Crowne Plaza Hobart on Monday morning after reports were made of intoxicated people in a function area,” the spokesperson told ‘The Daily Telegraph’.
“The guests were spoken to by police just after 6:00 am and left the area when asked. No further action will be taken by police.”

As per ‘BBC Sport’, Thorpe said he was recording the proceedings “for the lawyers”.