Bancroft opens up on ‘weird’ Bairstow incident

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Cameron Bancroft: “It was so random, I didn’t expect it coming”

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Australia opener Cameron Bancroft has admitted that England wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow’s decision to headbutt him was “weird” and “random”.

The incident occurred at The Avenue bar in Perth when the England team bumped into the Western Australia squad.

However, the 25-year-old, who made his international debut in the first Ashes Test in Brisbane, insisted that there was nothing malicious about Bairstow’s actions.

“For me, it was just really weird,” he told reporters. “It was so random, I didn’t expect it coming. A handshake or a hug is something I would have expected more than a headbutt.

“But as I said, there was nothing malicious about his actions. I don’t know Jonny Bairstow but he says hello to people very differently from most others.

“He didn’t knock me over. I’ve actually got the heaviest head in the West Australian squad, it’s been measured. There’s an actual measurement for it.

“I just took the blow quite well and moved on from it. It was a good hit, play on.”

England captain Joe Root also saw the funny side of the incident and said that the whole incident had been blown out of proportion.

“A mountain has been made out of a molehill, as far as that’s concerned,” Root told Nine Network after Australia won the first Test by 10 wickets. “We’ve just got to move one and concentrate on our cricket.”

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