December 19, 2001

Vaughan 'disappointed' with Indian appeal

Michael Vaughan has admitted that he was disappointed with Indian appeal which led to his unusual handled-the-ball dismissal. The Yorkshire right-hander, who made an otherwise faultless 64 on day one of the third Test, said he was simply trying to help the short leg fieldsman.

Vaughan's attempted sweep at rookie spinner Sarandeep Singh struck his pad and was still spinning when Vaughan trapped the ball and tossed it back to the short-leg fielder. The bowler, along with Deep Dasgupta and Virender Sehwag, offered a muted enquiry, which left Umpire Jayaprakash with no choice but to give the batsman out.

Although there has been no approach to the ICC match referee, Vaughan made his own feelings plain. "There was no way it would have hit the stumps. I was just disappointed that [they] appealed. Maybe they will look back and think they shouldn't have appealed, but that's hindsight," he said. Vaughan fully accepted however, that the umpire was right to give him out under the laws of the game.

Vaughan stopped to speak to Mark Ramprakash on his way back to the pavilion, clearly staggered at what had happened. His dismissal led to a mini-collapse, with Flintoff and Ramprakash falling to Sarandeep soon afterwards.

Vaughan is the seventh batsman to be dismissed in such a way in Tests. The other Englishman was Graham Gooch, who palmed a delivery from Merv Hughes away from the stumps in the 1993 Ashes series.