England v Australia, 3rd Investec Test, Old Trafford, 1st day August 1, 2013

I know who distracted me - Rogers

ESPNcricinfo staff

Daniel Salpietro can expect a phone-call from his Prahran club team-mate Chris Rogers. When Rogers was dismissed lbw for 84 on the first day at Old Trafford, it came the next ball after a prolonged battle to stop movement in the pavilion near the sightscreen.

Such distractions can affect the concentration of a batsman, and Rogers said after play he knew Salpietro was involved. "These things crop up every now and again," Rogers said. "I'll make a phone call because I know the guy who was up there. I'm not going to blame him. I think. Much."

Salpietro, who has played for Victoria and Adelaide Strikers, defended himself by saying he and Jon Wells, the Tasmania batsman - both are playing club cricket in Lancashire - were trying to help stop the movement in the pavilion.

"What actually happened was really down to the steward in the pavilion," Salpietro said. "The players wanted the door near me closing but he didn't seem to grasp what was going on. It had happened a few times over the previous overs and the steward was still not doing anything about it despite me and Jon Wells telling him that the door needed closing and people had to be stopped from walking through.

"So I decided to take it into my own hands to stand up and close the door and that's when the camera caught me - and I guess it makes it worse because it was Chris who was distracted and then he got out. We are team-mates in club cricket back home and I will have to phone Chris tonight. I play club cricket with him back home and we are quite good mates.

"I'm sure he will see the funny side of the situation eventually. I've been copping a bundle of stick on Twitter with the lads at Rishton telling me I got Rogers out but honestly it wasn't my fault."

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