London, June 13: Australia's stand-in captain George Bailey said the axing of David Warner for New Zealand game was a "minor incident" and it did not have any effect on the team during the Champions Trophy Group A match on Wednesday.
Warner was stood down from the game after he was alleged to have had a physical altercation with an England player, reported to be Joe Root. Australia took to the field without the opener and the match was abandoned due to rain. The left-hander, however, was at the ground and was assigned to carry drinks.
After the match, Bailey had to face several questions from the media with regard to the incident and the captain defended Warner as a person.
Here are the questions on Warner which Bailey had to face.
Question: George, you can't comment on the incident, but it happened before the match throughout the game, how disappointed are you guys, you know, that this would come about as you're about to take the field?
George Bailey: Well, it didn't. It happened days before.
Q: When did you first hear of it?
Bailey: A few days ago, but it's been dealt with from my point of view. It's disappointing, but a very minor incident and it's been dealt with in-house and that's it.
Q: Was it difficult to take the field today then?
Bailey: No, very comfortable, very easy. It was just about - the situation, for us, believe it or not, was bigger than this. It was about making sure we won this game to stay in the tournament and to play some better cricket than we have against England. And I guess with this sort of result, I'm not sure we've done that.
Q: What kind of teammate is David?
Bailey: I really enjoy playing cricket with him. I love playing cricket with him. I love his enthusiasm and his energy around the group. I love the way he plays. You know, I wish I had the talent that he does, and I think he's a particularly generous teammate, very giving. I'm looking forward to hopefully playing a lot more cricket with him in whatever career I have.
Q: Does he have a short fuse in your experience?
Bailey: Not at all.
Q: Are there occasions when he steps over what you might regard as the acceptable line?
Bailey: No, I don't think so, no. No, not at all. This is the best defense I've got.
Q: George, there was never any doubt in your mind that David should come to the ground today and carry the drinks and be here amongst the team? That was never a consideration that he shouldn't come?
Bailey: No, certainly not from the team perspective. It's been dealt with. I thought he took it on the chin, and he's had a cheer around the group, so it was outstanding. No pun intended. Sorry about that.
Q: Can you describe what the mood was like today? Was it a normal mood today?
Bailey: Yeah, very normal mood.