Updated: 12/03/2013 11:48 | By Agence France-Presse

Pietersen, Broad and Bairstow cleared after late-night drinks

England stars Stuart Broad, Kevin Pietersen and Jonny Bairstow have been cleared of any wrongdoing after reports of a late-night drinking session at an Adelaide club.


Pietersen, Broad and Bairstow cleared after late-night drinks

England player Kevin Pietersen stretches during day one of the first Ashes cricket Test match between England and Australia at the Gabba Cricket Ground in Brisbane on November 21, 2013

The Adelaide Advertiser and other media said the pair were at the city's club Zhivago until 3.30am on Monday, just days ahead of the second Ashes Test against Australia which begins on Thursday.

A Zhivago spokeswoman told the Advertiser the pair were "extremely friendly" and happy to chat with fans and have their photos taken.

"They were at the club most of the night enjoying a few drinks and the newly renovated venue," she said.

A patron told the newspaper: "They were getting stuck in but by no means messy."

Monday was a rest day for the team following their arrival from Alice Springs and the England Cricket Board said it had no issue with their actions.

"They are free to do as they please -- they are grown men. There has been no breach of team protocol," an ECB spokeswoman told reporters.

The Sydney Daily Telegraph splashed the story on its front and back pages Tuesday.

"The Poms can't handle a sledge but they sure can handle a drink," it said.

"England's bumbling Ashes tourists have followed up their first Test defeat with a huge session at an Adelaide night club that finished around 3.30am."

It added: "The late-night drinking session is hardly ideal preparation just two days out from the vital second Test at Adelaide Oval."

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