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‘Too loud’: Police shut down post-Ashes party after noise complaint, ECB launch investigation

England and Australian cricketers were spoken to by the police at around 6am after a noise complaint was received for playing loud music on the terrace.

By: Sports Desk |
Updated: January 18, 2022 3:33:29 pm
England and Australian cricket players in post-Ashes party (Screenshots)

In a video that has gone viral, Australian and English cricketers’ had their post-Ashes party shut down by the police after an alleged noise complaint made in the hotel where the visiting team was staying in Hobart.

Members of the England and Australia squads were spoken to by the police at around 6am on Monday morning after a noise complaint was received for playing loud music on the terrace. In the video, Alex Carey, Travis Head, and Nathan Lyon along with English cricketers being confronted by at least four police personnel.

The group of players were asked to stop go inside the hotel from the terrace. Lyon and Alex Carey are still in their white jerseys suggesting that the players had partied all night long after their 4-0 triumph of the Ashes series.

A policeman 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.”

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ECB launch investigation

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) hold an investigation after police were called to break up an early-hours drinking session at the team hotel

The video appears to have been filmed by England assistant Graham Thorpe who can be heard on the audio but not seen. “We’ve got Nathan Lyon, Root, there’s Carey and Anderson,” Thorpe is heard saying. “I’ll just video this for the lawyers. See you in the morning everyone.”

The concern remains as to why and how the video appeared on social media in less than 48 hours of the incident.

“The England party have apologised for any inconvenience,” ECB’s statement said. “The hotel management received a noise complaint by a hotel guest and, as is commonplace in Australia, the local police attended the scene.

“When asked to leave by hotel management and the Tasmanian police, the players and management in question returned to their respective hotel rooms. The ECB will investigate further. Until such times, we will make no further comment.”

 

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Australia underlined their utter Ashes supremacy by crushing England’s hopes of a consolation victory and winning the day-night fifth Test by 146 runs with two days to spare in Hobart on Sunday to seal a 4-0 series triumph.

In the ascendancy for the first time in the series when they were 68 without loss chasing 271 towards the end of the second session, England lost 10 wickets for 78 runs in little more than an hour and a half to crumble to 124 all out.

Australia’s pace bowling was of the same high quality as it had been throughout the five matches, but some of the shots offered by the batsmen indicated that England had given up on any hope of even extending the contest into a fourth day.

Thumping victories in Brisbane, Adelaide and Melbourne had secured the urn for Australia before the turn of the year and only by batting out the final day did England secure a draw in Sydney.

Australia captain Pat Cummins was quick to offer thanks to Joe Root and his squad for touring despite the health protocols in place because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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