JONNY BAIRSTOW is reportedly set to avoid disciplinary measures for headbutting Australia batsman Cameron Bancroft.
And the England wicketkeeper insisted the event had been “blown out of all proportion” when speaking after the visitors’ ten-wicket First Test defeat.
Ashes debutant Bancroft, whose impressive 82 not out matched with David Warner’s 87 not out to see England cruise to victory on 173-0, even laughed off the incident that occurred in Perth four weeks ago.
He admitted he was expecting a handshake when greeting Bairstow.
But the batsman got more than he bargained for when the flame-haired Bairstow leaned in with his head – although the Aussie insisted there was “no malice”.
Bancroft said: “One of our values is [to] celebrate success so we were, as a team, and that coincided with the English team arriving in Perth for the tour game.
“It was very friendly mingling the whole night.
“Some of our players knew some of the English players and as the night progressed it was great to be able to meet some of those guys.
“I got into a very amicable conversation with Jonny [Bairstow] and he just greeted me with a headbutt.
“I was expecting a handshake.
“But it wasn’t the greeting of choice that I was expecting.
“That was the way I took it. There was certainly no malice in his action and we continued on having very good conversation for the rest of the evening.”
And Bairstow echoed those sentiments, going so far as to say there was no bad blood at all between Joe Root’s side and their fierce rivals, with ABC News claiming he will not be punished by England boss Trevor Bayliss over the incident.
Bairstow said: “First of all, I think it’s blown completely out of proportion. That evening we were let out, there wasn’t any curfew. I was out with friends and some of the WA guys.
“We were in the bar having a laugh and an enjoyable night. Cameron and I enjoyed the evening and continued to [enjoy it]. There was no malice or intent.
“As you can see, there is no animosity out there with the Australian players.”