Graham Thorpe's role as England assistant is said to be under huge threat after reports emerged that police were called to the team's Hobart hotel because of claims he had been smoking a cigar indoors during their drinking session.
England hit the headlines for the wrong reasons after the Ashes finished again after a video emerged of police breaking up an early morning drinking session at 6am involving some of the players and Thorpe.
Those in attendance included Joe Root, James Anderson, and Australian trio Nathan Lyon, Travis Head and Alex Carey – with the video being taken by England coach Thorpe himself.
The ECB then launched an investigation after the video emerged of the police breaking up the party, which was obtained by the Sydney Morning Herald.
The Ashes stars were still wearing their whites in the video and Thorpe can be heard saying: "We’ve got Nathan Lyon, Root, there's Carey and Anderson. I'll just video this for the lawyers. See you in the morning everyone."
England had quickly issued a statement of apology for 'any inconvenience caused', and revealed the Crowne Plaza Hobart management team had "received a noise complaint by a hotel guest".
But it has since been reported by the Daily Mail and the Guardian that the Tasmanian police were called over claims that Thorpe was smoking indoors which is against the law.
The Daily Mail's report goes onto state that Thorpe is highly unlikely to remain in his position as England head coach, following what was a dismal tour on the playing side of things.
The English governing body, the ECB, were said to have been furious by Thorpe's actions of filming the police and the players – and their mood worsened after the video went public.
The positions of managing director Ashley Giles and head coach Chris Silverwood are already under huge threat following the Ashes tour – which England lost 4-0.
Now Thorpe could be in the ECB's firing line – with the approach to the consumption of booze on the trip set to feature heavily in a review of the tour Down Under.
The ECB revealed they would 'investigate further, and 'until such times, make no further comment.'
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