England adopt self-policing code over Ashes tour drinking

Ross Houston
November 2, 2017

"If he turns up it would be an absolute bonus". "And if he did happen to turn up, I'm quite sure he would slip back in very easily". He has not yet been charged by the police for the incident in Bristol and no decision will be taken by the European Central Bank on Stokes's involvement until the authorities have concluded their investigations.

Bayliss further went on to add that asking the players to follow a strict regimen over the entire length of the series was a little too much to ask for.

Bayliss also revealed the difficulty of replacing Stokes, who is regarded as a game-changer with both bat and ball. "Not having someone like Ben in the team will be a loss", Bayliss told Sky Sports in a separate interview at the WACA.

Bayliss concedes he doesn't know when Stokes will be available for England.

"Moeen Ali batting as low as 8 for the last couple of years I think that's a waste".

"So we'll have to work out a different combination for the First Test". We have had problems at the top of the order so having Mo at eight and (Chris) Woakes nine suited us. Those three, in whatever combination, that's a pretty good five, six, seven with Woakes at No8. To me, they're what we should be sticking to anyway as a player or someone around a professional set-up.

"It doesn't matter if you have rules and regulations and curfews".

"There will be times when they are able to go out and have a few beers". "It's a case of being sensible and professional".

"We certainly don't want to keep players in their rooms because it is a long tour".

"There hasn't been any chat about it - we're all concentrating on what we need to do to win this series".

While he is highly rated and showed impressive composure in his first couple of global matches (two T20s against South Africa), England may well be reluctant to give a 20-year-old legspinner his Test debut as the only spinner in the opening encounter of an away Ashes series.

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