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I will take Sreesanth's word: Vaughan

The England captain hopes Indian pacer Sreesanth didn't bowl a beamer trying to intimidate the batsman with his tactic.

cricket Updated: Aug 01, 2007 12:38 IST


England cricket captain Michael Vaughan has taken exception to Sreesanth's performance in the second Test, saying he was concerned by the fast bowler's huge front-foot no-ball on the fourth day.

Sreesanth, who was fined 50 percent of his match for colliding with Vaughan when the latter was batting in the second innings, overstepped the bowling crease by more than a foot once.

He also delivered a beamer to Kevin Pietersen but Vaughan said Sreesanth's no-ball was the major problem.

"A beamer was bowled and he (Sreesanth) said it was an accident. We take his word for that but I guess more of a concern is a huge no-ball," Vaughan said after India won the match by 7 wickets at Trent Bridge on Tuesday.

"I have spoken to Rahul Dravid (Indian captain) this morning. Sreesanth is young and a real good talent but I hope he didn't bowl a two foot over the line no-ball to try and intimidate the batsman because it is a tactic which could be used in most games and we don't want to see that."

Dravid admitted the Kerala pacer needed to learn to control his aggression.

He said Sreesanth could take a leaf out of teammate Zaheer Khan's book on being aggressive without violating cricket's laws.

"I think he (Sreesanth) has a great example in Zaheer Khan. If he needs to learn from anyone, he just needs to look at what Zaheer has done," Dravid said.

Zaheer was also involved in an incident with England players but made sure his emotions were channelled into his bowling. He claimed 5-75 to pave the way for Indian victory and was aptly named Man of the Match.

"Zaheer has been as aggressive as anyone else without going over the top and just sticking to performing and getting wickets," Dravid said.

"Sree is a talented bowler, young and a bit excitable. He is going learn along the way. It's our responsibility to try to ensure he learns."

Vaughan brushed aside the talk about his players allegedly throwing jelly beans on the pitch when Zaheer came into bat on the third day.

"It is an incident that has been blown out of proportion," he said.

"I guess one of the guys might have left one by the crease just as a prank for the new batsman. If it offended Zaheer in any way we apologise for that."

First Published: Aug 01, 2007 10:52 IST