Joe Root touches down with England team in Adelaide airport ahead of second Ashes Test against Australia
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While most of the media were focusing on the unexpected sight of Ben Stokes at Heathrow airport, the England squad made the 1,100-mile journey from Brisbane to South Australia's capital city.
Jonny Bairstow, Alastair Cook and Moeen Ali were all captured on camera as they made their way through the airport terminal in their England tracksuits in preparation for another battle with Australia next week.?
England captain Joe Root arrives with his son Alfred and fiancee Carrie Cotterell
England's Jonny Bairstow sports Ray Bans and big headphones as he arrives in Adelaide
Moeen Ali looks calm and collected on the escalator as he arrives along with the England team
Former captain and opening batsman Alastair Cook looks on as he arrives at the airport
The Adelaide Oval will host the second of five Tests and begins on December 2. England will be hoping it proves to be the site of their Ashes revival after a comprehensive defeat in the opening match.
Not only must they recover from a 10-wicket defeat at the Gabba, but the England team must also look to ride the storm caused by Bairstow's alleged head butt on Australia's Cameron Bancroft in a bar.
England have attempted to play down the incident, which happened on the first night of the tour, with ECB director Andrew Strauss insisting there was no malice intended in the action.
England bower Stuart Broad drags his suitcase through the airport terminal in Adelaide
Cook walks past a prematurely erected Christmas three in Adelaide airport on Tuesday
ECB Director Andrew Strauss and team manager Phil Neal converse as they walk
‘Jonny mentioned to me that he “bumped” Cameron Bancroft,’ he said. ‘That’s a greeting thing that he does with his mates. He assured me there was no malice, no intent, no aggression. And although I’m somewhat surprised he would choose to do such a thing, I’m taking him at his word.'
Bancroft, who made an impressive 82 not out on his Test debut to ease Australia past their fourth-innings target of 170, was in the best position to say exactly what had occurred.
‘I can remember it very clearly,’ he said. ‘We’d just won a Shield game for Western Australia, and that coincided with the English team arriving in Perth for the tour game.
‘I got into a very amicable conversation with Jonny, and he just greeted me with a head-butt kind of thing. I was expecting a handshake. It wasn’t the greeting of choice that I was expecting. There was certainly no malice in his action. And we continued having a very good conversation for the rest of the evening.’?
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