Police break up Ashes after-party involving Joe Root as ECB launch investigation

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Australian police broke up a boozy 6am Ashes after-party involving England captain Joe Root which the ECB are now investigating.

A video emerged online showing players from both sides being told it was "bed time" by Tasmanian officers in a bar in the capital of Hobart, where the fifth Test had been held.

Those seen in the footage are Australia's Nathan Lyon, Alex Carey and Travis Head, and England pair Root and Jimmy Anderson, with some still in their whites from several hours earlier.

It is also believed Graham Thorpe, England's assistant coach, is the one behind the recording which ended up on the website of the Sydney Morning Herald.

In the clip, a female police officer is heard saying: "Bit too loud and obviously have been asked to pack up and we’ve been asked to come, I’m sorry."

The voice behind the camera notes "We’ve got Nathan Lyon, Joe Root, Alex Carey, Jimmy Anderson" but seemingly forgets to mention Head's presence as the camera pans to him.

He then continues: "I'll tell you what, we'll just video this just for the lawyers. See you in the morning everyone."

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A Tasmania Police spokesman said: "The guests were spoken to by police just after 6am and left the area when asked. No further action will be taken by police."

In response, the England and Wales Cricket Board issued a statement which read: "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 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 left and returned to their respective hotel rooms. The England party have apologised for any inconvenience caused.

"The ECB will investigate further. Until such times, we will make no further comment."

Root was already under scrutiny after the humiliating series Down Under, which ended 4-0 to the hosts after yet another England batting collapse in the fifth and final Test.

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