Trent Bridge: England's coach, Andy Flower, believes his team was right to ask India to rethink their controversial run-out of Ian Bell at Trent Bridge, adding that it would have caused an "international incident" had Sachin Tendulkar been dismissed in a similarly bizarre fashion. (Also see: Gentlemen vs the game)
Bell's 159 was the cornerstone of England's revival in the second Test, as they turned a first-innings deficit of 67 into a thumping 319-run victory. However, he might have been sent on his way for 137 on the stroke of tea, when a half-hearted throw from Praveen Kumar the boundary's edge led Abhinav Mukund to remove the bails with Bell already walking back to the pavilion.
Bell conceded he had been "naive" in failing to wait for the umpire to signal the end of the over, but with boos ringing out around the ground, Flower and England's captain, Andrew Strauss, took the decision to visit the Indian dressing room to request a change of heart. Such an approach was at odds with England's attitude during an ODI at The Oval in 2008, when New Zealand's Grant Elliott was run out after colliding with Ryan Sidebottom. Flower, however, said that those who criticised England's actions on this occasion were guilty of "double standards".