George Bailey and England batsman James Anderson shake after earlier exchanging words. Photo: Getty Images
George Bailey, the mature-aged debutant whose confrontation with James Anderson ignited the tense finale to the first Test, said he was not perturbed by a threat by the England fast bowler to punch him in the face and predicted the sledging that occurred at the Gabba would continue in Adelaide next week.
The mild-mannered Tasmanian was decked out in a helmet and fielding closest to the bat when Anderson allegedly issued the warning late on the final day in Brisbane.
It led to Australian captain Michael Clarke being charged by the International Cricket Council for his threatening salvo towards Anderson. He was fined about $3000 after approaching Anderson and telling him to, ''Get ready for a broken f---ing arm'', as Mitchell Johnson prepared to steam in.
Shane Warne, a close friend of Clarke, later claimed the altercation, which was picked up by the stump microphone and aired to viewers, was sparked by Anderson saying he wanted to punch Bailey.
Bailey could be seen smiling under the lid of his helmet as Anderson delivered his broadside, and said on Thursday he was anything but shaken from the fiery encounter in his Test debut.
He was the latest to predict that Australia would not depart from the no-holds-barred approach that proved so successful in Brisbane.
''I think at that stage we were 380 runs ahead and needed one wicket to win the Test, so I don't think there was much you could have said that was going to upset me,'' Bailey said.
''There's always communication out on the field and I think it's one of the real keys to try and find a way to try and make a batsman lose his concentration. Certainly that will continue, no doubt.''
Bailey also said the ill-feeling between Clarke and Anderson was the result of two key players trying to get the better of each other.
The pair have history. Anderson labelled Australia's Test captain ''paranoid'' before the series in reaction to Clarke's observation in his Ashes diary that the England seamer did not talk to him in England this year.
And Anderson, in a book of his own, told how he hit an ''arrogant'' Clarke with a pad in the Australian dressing room after England's loss in Adelaide in 2006-07.
''I reckon both those guys have a huge amount of respect for each other for the way they play the game,'' Bailey said. ''They're both very, very good players and probably two of the most important players for each of the teams.
''So in terms of their own battle in the middle, that's a really important one in the series and there's normally been a bit of niggle between those two to try and get that upper hand for a number of years. I don't think it should be looked at as one incident.''
Australian spinner Nathan Lyon also said the Australians would not be altering tactics, although he did not plan to be a prominent sledger.
''We're not going to take a backward step,'' he said. ''We know where the line is and we don't step over it.
''We're going to continue to play aggressive cricket. I'm definitely the quiet one. I'm the spinner. I can't really bounce anyone out, can I? I'm staying out of that.''