Cameron Bancroft says he was expecting a handshake from England wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow, not a headbutt.
But that’s what the Aussie opener got from Bairstow in a Perth pub which had the glovesman facing an investigation into the incident.
Bancroft set the record straight after Australia dominated England by 10 wickets in the first Test at the Gabba on Monday.
“I remember it very clearly,” Bancroft said.
“It was very friendly mingling the whole night. As the night progressed it was great to meet some of those (England) guys.
“I got into a very amicable conversation with Jonny and he greeted me with a headbutt kind of thing.
“I was expecting a handshake. It wasn’t the greeting of choice I expected.
“There was no malice in his action and we continued having a very good conversation for the rest of the evening.
“At the time he said sorry. It was just really weird. It was so random.
“I certainly didn’t expect it coming. A handshake or hug was something I expected more than a headbutt.
“There was certainly nothing malicious about his action.
“I don’t know Jonny Bairstow but he says hello to people very differently than most others.
“We got along for the rest of the night. I let it go and got on with it.
“He didn’t knock me over. I’ve got the heaviest head in the West Australian squad.”
Bairstow said he did not intend any “malice” and said the incident had been greatly exaggerated.
“It’s been blown completely out of proportion,” Bairstow said.
“We were allowed out. We caught up with some of the West Australian guys.
“We were in the bar having a good laugh and good evening. Cameron and I enjoyed the evening and continued to do so.
“There was no intent or malice about anything during the evening.
“There is no animosity. Hopefully we can swipe this under the table and continue a fantastic and tight knit series.”