Trevor Bayliss: England players will have no curfew during Ashes but "sensible" drinking rules agreed


Bayliss: "You've got to get out and experience the country that you're touring" (Source: Getty)

England head coach Trevor Bayliss says his players will not have to abide by curfews during the Ashes series after they agreed upon "sensible" drinking guidelines.

Players' social activities gained greater prominence as an issue in the wake of Ben Stokes' withdrawal from the tour for his involvement in a altercation outside a Bristol nightclub last month.

Yet the incident does not appear to have prompted draconian rules governing England players' downtime, with Bayliss saying players were trusted to be responsible as professionals.

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"Not drinking between matches is just sensible," Bayliss told the BBC. 

"There's been no set curfews. I think they're just sensible rulings. To me, they're what we should be sticking to anyway as a player or someone around a professional set-up.

"The players have sat down and had a chat and they're the ones that have come up with it."

England arrived in Australia this week where they will stay for at least two months.

Bayliss said players had to have the opportunity to unwind during such a long period away from home.

"We certainly don't want to put too many curfews on them that keep them in their rooms," he said.

"It's a long tour, you've got to get out and experience the country that you're touring."

Test vice-captain Stokes, 26, was named in England's 16-man touring squad but replaced by Steven Finn as the police are still investigating the incident.

Three other players who had been out with Stokes — Jonny Bairstow, Jake Ball and Liam Plunkett — have since been disciplined.