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Thu Apr 24 01:43:56 SAST 2014

Finn denied Smith's wicket by dead ball decision

Fred Atkins, Sapa-AP | 02 August, 2012 13:590 Comments
England's Steven Finn appeals for the dismissal of South Africa's Graeme Smith (L) after Smith was caught but umpire Steve Davis ruled a dead ball during the second test at Headingley in Leeds August 2, 2012
Image by: Philip Brown / REUTERS

England fast bowler Steven Finn was contentiously denied the key wicket of South Africa captain Graeme Smith on the first day of the second test when the opening batsman was caught on a dead ball.

Smith was on 6 when he edged to England captain Andrew Strauss at first slip, but umpire Steve Davis ruled the ball was dead because Finn had dislodged the bails in his bowling follow through.

Finn had previously knocked the bails off twice during Thursday’s morning session at Headingley and did it once more afterward.

Strauss had an animated discussion with Davis following the decision, but law 23.4, section 6 of cricket’s rules says: “An umpire shall call and signal dead ball when the striker is distracted by any noise or movement while receiving.”

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