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England’s fast bowler Steven Finn was fined 30% of his match fee by the ICC for smacking Pakistan opener Fakhar Zaman across the face with his knee in the second Test at the Oval.
Finn knocked Zaman to the ground as the opener celebrated being caught in the slips in what seemed an ugly incident – one of several ugly clashes in the first Test.
The 29-year-old Finn attempted to retaliate after Zaman cracked a lofted shot from the bowling of James Anderson.
Zaman, who made a hundred, claimed he dived to his left and was hit by the England pace bowler’s action.
Finn, speaking in court, said: “I don’t know what happened. I only remember two things – jumping up and looking at the ball and seeing Fakhar jump into my knee and me jumping into him. I was frustrated – the run out – and I could tell he had been celebrating.
“When I jumped up, there was a terrible bang and I realised it was my knee. I grabbed him by the shirt and tried to wrestle him off me. He was trying to push me back into him.
“I had my hands up in the air looking at the ball and saw he had dived into my knee. If it was me I would have walked away as the ball was way out of my length, but because Fakhar had a run out I knew I had to get him out. I don’t think I even thought about that part of it as it is clearly so ugly and is easily seen on the television replays.”
At England’s AGM, ECB chief executive Tom Harrison said it had been noted that England’s dismal record in the Champions Trophy suggested “extreme discipline and unwavering commitment to positive behaviour are in short supply”.
There was a shortage of late-night entertainment in a light-hearted presentation to the county club presidents and their chairs at Lord’s that was staged in the specially “Restricted Use Area”.
The jokey theme of short stories read by cricketers worked for the evening, and to raise a little more money for charity, the ice cream stall was open for the first three hours and a balanced meal was available on the second.
Cricket Now’s in-house magazine has this week begun a series of interviews with former Test cricketers about their time in the game.
This week’s guests were former Warwickshire fast bowler Will Jefferson, who was a serial ball-spinner, and ex-England spinner Ziaul Haq.