Following Ben Stokes' recent violent acts outside a nightclub in Bristol, head coach of the England cricket team Trevor Bayliss has announced that his group of players have drawn out a code of conduct for their Ashes tour in Australia starting later this month.
The squad left London to travel to Australia on Saturday, with the absence of key all-rounder and vice-captain Ben Stokes due to his ongoing police investigation surrounding his bust up outside a night club following a one-day international victory over the West Indies.
With other teammates on the scene at the time, including batsman Alex Hales, this incident shone a negative light on the national cricket team and raised the idea of potential curfews introduced for upcoming Tests.
After plenty of debate, which has drawn up the opinions of many well-respected cricketers past and present, England captain Joe Root organised a meeting with former captain and current director of English cricket Andrew Strauss to provide a solution.
With the whole squad part of the meeting, an outcome was decided that any drinking in the build-up to a Test was banned, and after a Test, any player going out had to inform security of exactly when and where they would be going out to.
Bayliss said: “I think they’re just sensible rulings, what we should have been sticking to anyway as a player or someone around a professional set-up.
“Not drinking in between matches is just sensible. The players have sat down and had a chat and they’re the ones who’ve come up with it. We don’t want to put too many curfews that keep them in their rooms because it is a long tour.
“It’s about picking the right time to have a couple of drinks.
The rulings were implemented to give the team the responsibility that they wanted of being international cricketers, however, something had to change the avoid the potential of another Stokes incident happening again.
With a team made up of uncapped individuals such as Hampshire spinner Mason Crane and Somerset fast bowler Craig Overton, and with Ben Stokes' participation still in the balance, many are doubting the strength of this England side.
However, the England head coach still believes that the squad selected is good enough to compete and win the series against Steve Smith's Australian counterparts.
“You lose a player of Ben’s calibre, and it will make a bit of a difference,” said Bayliss.
“So, we’re going to have to work out a different combination for the first Test and we’ve got three tour games to sort that out.
"I’m quite confident we can come up with a team that’s more than capable of winning. Quite simply, we’re preparing to win.”
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