<div class="img-caption-wrap "> <img alt="David Warner's bar-room brawl with Joe Root 'minor' incident, says George Bailey" src="https://st2.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20130613105551.jpg" title="David Warner's bar-room brawl with Joe Root 'minor' incident, says George Bailey" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:618px;"> David Warner was dropped from Australia's ICC Champions Trophy 2013 match against New Zealand © Getty Images</p> </div> <strong>Birmingham: Jun 13, 2013</strong><br /> <br /> Describing <a href="/tags/David-Warner/post" target="_blank">David Warner</a> as "generous and giving", Australia's stand-in cricket captain <a href="/tags/George-Bailey/post" target="_blank">George Bailey</a> downplayed the opener's bar-room brawl with England batsman <a href="/tags/Joe-Root/post" target="_blank">Joe Root</a>, calling it a "minor" incident but "disappointing" nonetheless.<br /> <br /> After the ICC Champions Trophy 2013 Australia versus New Zealand group A match at Edgbaston was <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/cricket-articles/ICC-Champions-Trophy-2013-Rain-abandons-Australia-New-Zealand-tie/27816" target="_blank">abandoned due to rain</a>, the post-match media conference of <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/Cricket-Video-Article/David-Warner-incident-didn-t-affect-Australia-in-game-against-New-Zealand-says-George-Bailey/3612" target="_blank">Bailey centred around Warner</a>.<br /> <br /> "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," Bailey said.<br /> <br /> "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," he added.<br /> <br /> Defending champions Australia are in a tight spot after a loss in the opening game against England. Adding to their woes, skipper Michael Clarke is battling a back injury while Warner faces stricter action after <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/cricket-articles/David-Warner-to-miss-match-against-New-Zealand-due-to-breach-of-Code-of-Behavior-Cricket-Australia/27789" target="_blank">being stood down from Wednesday’s game</a> due to the brawl.<br /> <br /> The explosive Australian opener is being investigated over claims of an unprovoked attack on England batsman Joe Root after Saturday's defeat against the hosts at Edgbaston.<br /> <br /> Bailey said despite the storm over Warner, the Aussie dressing room has been calm.<br /> <br /> "Very comfortable. Very easy. 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 play some better cricket than we had against England. And with this sort of a result I am still not sure if we have done that," he said.<br /> <br /> Bailey was asked to comment on Warner as a teammate and the batsman was effusive in his praise.<br /> <br /> "I love playing cricket with him. I love his enthusiasm. Love his energy around the group. Love the way he plays. Wish I had the talent that he does. He is a particularly generous team-mate, very giving. I'm looking forward to playing lot more cricket with him in whatever cricket I have," he said.<br /> <br /> "Well, as a balance, we'd love to have him around, no doubt about that. But there's no point in having him around if it's not beneficial to A, his back, or B, him getting into a situation where he cannot play for us, so, not really," he added.<br /> <br /> "I think we're at the stage now where, as a growing team, having one person there or not there shouldn't make or break how we play."<br /> <br /> Kiwi skipper <a href="/tags/Brendon-McCullum/post" target="_blank">Brendon McCullum</a> was guarded and said it did not matter to New Zealand whether Warner played or not.<br /> <br /> "Don't want to speak about it since there is no concrete evidence."<br /> <br /> Australia are struggling for form in this tournament and have just one point from two games.<br /> <br /> New Zealand lead group A with three points from two matches while England have two points from one game.