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Atmosphere much calmer this time: Giles

England spinner Ashley Giles on Thursday said the ongoing series against Sri Lanka was much calmer than their last tour.

india Updated: Dec 12, 2003 00:31 IST

England spinner Ashley Giles on Thursday said the ongoing series against Sri Lanka was much calmer than their last tour here.

"I think it's much calmer now than it was in the 2001 series, which was a bad-tempered one," Giles said on a day when match referee Clive Lloyd cautioned both teams to behave well.

Lloyd's caution came after the home side complained that former England captain Nasser Hussain had called their star off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan 'a cheat and a chucker'.

No action was taken because of lack of conclusive evidence but Lloyd warned that he would come down strictly on any bad behaviour on the field during the series.

"There's only so much you can get away with nowadays," said Giles. "Regulations are very tight now on what we say to each other and to the opposition."

England had won their only previous Test series in Sri Lanka 2-1 after losing the opening Test in Galle.

The teams are now playing another three-Test series. The first match in Galle ended in a draw while the third and final match will be held in Colombo next week.

The left-arm spinner, who finished with his third haul of five or more wickets in an innings earlier in the day, said tension does get on to players at times.

"It's hard work out there and it sometimes gets hot, particularly in a situation when things are getting away from you," said Giles, who took 5-116 in Sri Lanka's first innings.

Giles was disappointed at his team's inability to quickly dismiss the Sri Lankan tail-enders in this series.

"We're just disappointed that we've been stuck with these last and second-last wicket partnerships," said Giles.

Sri Lanka on Thursday added 104 runs for the last two wickets to reach a healthy total of 382. England were 163-4 in reply at close on the second day.

First Published: Dec 11, 2003 23:51 IST