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January 21, 2013
Kevin Pietersen has been given a gentle reminder over his on-pitch behaviour following the obvious disappointment he exhibited after his dismissal in the third ODI in Ranchi.
Pietersen was adjudged by umpire S Ravi to have been caught behind off Ishant Sharma for 17 but lingered in the crease for several seconds in apparent disbelief at the decision.
While Pietersen may well have been unfortunate with the dismissal, replays suggesting that the ball brushed only his thigh, England's limited-overs coach, Ashley Giles, supported the action of the match referee, Andy Pycroft, to have an informal chat with Pietersen.
Giles was particularly keen to remind Pietersen how difficult umpiring could be in conditions as noisy as the ODI in Ranchi where umpires have little hope of distinguishing between the noise of the bat clipping the pad or the ball clipping the edge of the bat.
"Andy was right to speak to Kev," Giles admitted, "but I think common sense prevailed. It was just a little word. I didn't think it was a reaction, more disappointment from Kev.
"But we've got to be careful with reactions to decisions. It's tough for the umpires here, it's so loud that decision making is tough. We understand that."
Pycroft also had a brief conversation with Giles, taking the chance to talk with the England coach after bumping into him in the toilet at Ranchi airport. "It was in the gents," Giles said. "So that was a nice scene for my first meeting with the match referee."
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