From Ben Stokes to Jonny Bairstow – England's ongoing Ashes tour of Australia has been plagued with problems of a disciplinary nature. Here is a look at the history of English cricketers behaving badly.
Let’s start with the most recent. England all-rounder Ben Stokes was arrested after his involvement in a street brawl outside a night club in Bristol. He was later released but that cost him his place in the Ashes squad. He remains under investigation by the police and England will be hoping that he is cleared of any criminal charges as Stokes adds a lot of value in all three departments.
David Gower's 1990-91 Ashes tour is not remembered for the scintillating form he showed with the bat but rather the incident that would have ended his Test career. Gower was joined by his team-mate John Morris as they hopped in on a Tiger Moth plane during a match against Queensland because they were bored. Unfortunately, the pair had not told the England management what they intended to do and were slapped with heavy fines.
Monty Panesar was fined by the police after urinating on nightclub bouncers who ejected him from a club in Brighton. The spinner was reportedly asked to leave after a group of women complained that he was bothering them. Panesar then walked up to the promenade above the club and urinated on the bouncers. While Panesar ran off, the bouncers gave chase and caught up with him in a pizza parlour.
Late on the second day of the second Test against Pakistan (in 1987) at Faisalabad, play was dramatically halted when umpire Shakoor Rana accused Mike Gatting of cheating, after the England captain appeared to move his field during a bowler's delivery. The pair confronted each other mid-pitch, swearing loudly, and Rana refused to resume umpiring. Ignoring cricket’s otherwise sacred traditions, the English captain was photographed infamously wagging his fingers at the umpire. A day's play was lost, and the British Ambassador was called in to soothe Anglo-Pakistani relations.
England's star all-rounder Andrew Flintoff woke up a little worse for the wear during England's 2007 World Cup campaign in the West Indies. With the team in St Lucia, the party-loving fast bowler hijacked a paddle boat whilst drunk in the early hours of the morning, then fell off, and had to be rescued. The Lancastrian was then stripped of the vice captaincy and fined by ECB.