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Finn defends 'passionate' Flower's actions in Colombo Test

April 4, 2012 - Colombo

England fast bowler Steve Finn has defended team director Andy Flower's decision to march into the third umpire's room to question a decision which went against the team, describing it as his passion for the England team.

On the first day of the Colombo Test, Finn and his teammates thought Thilan Samaraweera had gloved a short ball onto his thigh pad before it ballooned up into the hands of short leg when he had made 36.

The umpire gave it not out, but Finn was so swayed of the two noises that captain Andrew Strauss went for the review.

The pictures proved uncertain, but in the same way that Alastair Cook was given out on review in Galle due to a noise, so Flower felt the same should have happened to Samaraweera.

"Andy is passionate about England cricket and England winning. I'm sure it wasn't anything put of the ordinary, just to double check," The Daily Mirror quoted Finn, as saying.

"I felt there were two big enough noises for it to be clear off glove and thigh pad when we're out there we don't have the benefits of being able to slow everything down," he added.


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