By Robert Somers, Omnisport
Hobart Hurricanes and Australian Twenty20 captain George Bailey has played a straight bat to an on-field sledge from Shane Warne that was broadcasted on television during Melbourne Stars' narrow victory on Saturday night.
Bailey was twice dropped by Cameron White at first slip off Warne's bowling, prompting a wired-up Warnie to deliver a cutting sledge.
"You would think the Australian Twenty20 captain would smack me out of the park, wouldn't you? Rather than keep nicking me," Warne said on the Fox Sports broadcast.
Bailey was finally out for 28 from 26 the next over after sweeping White to deep backward square leg where James Faulkner pouched a clever low-down catch.
The Tasmanian became national skipper last summer after out-of-form Cameron White was dropped before the T20 World Cup.
The appointment was met with surprise, with suggestions it was based on Bailey's leadership skills rather than his T20 record.
"I don't think I'll get into a war of words with Warnie. He's still the world's greatest leg spinner isn't he?" was Bailey's response.
Bailey was Hobart's second highest contributor as the Hurricanes compiled a below-par 8-134 at the MCG.
The Stars made hard work of their chase before getting home with five balls and four wickets in hand with Brad Hodge and Rob Quiney (35 each) the top scorers.
Bailey singled out Doug Bollinger (2-22) for praise after the fast bowler bowled two maidens at the start of the Stars' run chase.
It took until the 10th ball of the innings for the Stars to score their first run after three dot balls from Michael Hogan and Bollinger's first-up maiden.
The first runs off Bollinger came off the first ball of his third over when Brad Hodge edged through the slips cordon for four.
"He hasn't been much fun to face in the nets. He has been bowling pretty quick," Bailey said.
"He did a really good job. At his best he has got some really good T20 skills and particularly with the injuries that keep happening to bowlers around the country, the opportunity I keep drumming into Doug is if you stay fit and you are bowling well then you are every chance to get an opportunity (for Australia) at some stage."
The Stars now join cross town rivals Melbourne Renegades on four points although the Renegades have a game in hand over the Stars.