London: It is unusual for a match referee (albeit not on official duty) to appreciate a player staring at his opponent. But that is what happened yesterday at the Oval when former England batsman-turned International Cricket Council match referee Chris Broad said he was thrilled to see S Sreesanth give night watchman James Anderson the glare when the India pace bowler dismissed his English counterpart on Day Three of the fourth and final Test on Saturday.
Anderson was sent in as nightwatchman on Day Two when Kevin Pietersen was dismissed for 175. The next day, Sreesanth bowled a fullish delivery which Anderson edged to VVS Laxman at second slip.
Broad was a guest at series' sponsors npower's lunchtime Q and A show held near the Alec Stewart gate on Sunday. "What was interesting was the dismissal of Jimmy Anderson. Sreesanth just looked at him as he walked off. He didn't say anything; didn't point at him. I thought that was brilliant cricket," Broad told his audience.