Cricket: Controversy over Finn `dead ball` call
Leeds: England fast bowler Steven Finn fell afoul of a seldom used law of cricket when umpire Steve Davis called dead ball to a delivery which South African captain Graeme Smith edged to slip on the first day of the second Test at Headingley.
Davis` call came when for the fourth time in the morning Finn`s right knee clattered into the stumps at the bowler`s end, which the South African batsmen claimed was a distraction yesterday.
Finn`s teammate, fellow fast bowler James Anderson, claimed there had been no warning before Davis intervened.
"It was a frustrating one for us because he didn`t actually warn us he was going to do it," said Anderson.
"We were slightly perplexed by that but I think the batsmen were saying it was distracting so they had been in the umpire`s ear and he finally decided he was going to call dead ball. Unfortunately it was the ball we managed to catch Smith out."
Smith had six at the time and went on to make 52 in an opening stand of 120 with Alviro Petersen as South Africa scored 262 for five by close of play.
Davis was backed by the MCC, the custodians of the game`s laws, who said in a statement that a section of law 24.3 made provision for an umpire to call dead ball if a noise either on or off the field was judged to be a distraction to a batsman.