Simon Jones has promised England will continue to play an aggressive form of cricket against Australia this summer having already set the tone for the intense exchanges in their day-night showdown at Edgbaston.
The Glamorgan fast bowler typified the competition between the Ashes rivals in Tuesday's washed-out oneday NatWest Series match by sparking an angry incident with Matthew Hayden with a misdirected throw at the stumps which hit the Australia opener on the chest.
Hayden immediately squared up to the apologetic Jones and had verbal exchanges with Paul Collingwood and Andrew Flintoff, prompting both captains to be summoned to appear before umpires David Shepherd and Billy Bowden to ensure there was no repeat of the behaviour.
Jeff Crowe, the International Cricket Council's match referee, confirmed no further action would be taken against either player or team. But the incident underlined both sides' determination to give no quarter to the opposition.
Jones, who unsettled Hayden and had him leg-before several overs later, said: "It's been a while since Australia have had something like this on the field but we're a young and confident side and we're playing well and I think that comes out of us when we play.
"We play in a controlled and aggressive manner but we don't go over the top with that. We're very confident in what we're doing at the moment and the boys are doing well.
"You can't turn the other cheek or do anything like that on the field, you've got to get in there and get involved and if we can keep doing that it's going to be a good summer."
Jones concedes that just a sight of Australia's gold and green kit in the one-day series has England fired up with an intensity which has enabled them to overcome the World Cup holders in the inaugural Twenty20 match and the opening tri-nation series match at Bristol.
If England maintain that controlled aggression in the remaining four one- day matches against Australia, including Saturday's final at Lord's, it could also boost their momentum for the opening Ashes Test beginning on July 21.
Jones said: "Any game against Australia is going to be full on. Australia are one of the best teams in the world and there is obviously a bit of history there and it's an enjoyable time for the boys because I think it brings the best out of you."
For all the talk of aggression, however, Jones says there are no ill feelings between himself and Hayden.
He apologised at the time and when the match was washed out by torrential rain.
Jones said: "I'm sure this incident is going to get blown out of proportion. Every bowler in the world throws it back at some stage and unfortunately for him he got hit.
"He wasn't too happy but I apologised and that was the end of it. I slipped when I threw it and just dragged it down so it hit him and he wasn't too happy but I wouldn't have been too happy either if a bowler had done that to me.
"We shook hands afterwards. He knows the game and knows that things happen. If I'd have thrown it and not apologised then it might have been a different story but I went up to him straight away to apologise and that's it."
The England squad have two days off before reporting in London to begin their preparations for Saturday's final.