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England report Wahab Riaz for kicking the ball

Wahab Riaz was seen kicking the ball to the wicket-keeper during the third session of day four in the second Test in Dubai.
Wahab Riaz was seen kicking the ball to the wicket-keeper during the third session of day four in the second Test in Dubai.
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The England team management have reported Wahab Riaz for kicking the ball during the final session on the fourth day of the second Test in Dubai.

During the drinks break of the final session, television feed showed that Riaz was kicking the ball towards the wicket-keeper, when Joe Root spotted the act and voiced his displeasure.

After a few moments of a heated exchange between Root and Riaz, the game resumed without any issue.

After the end of the day’s play, the England team management decided to take up the issue with the match referee Andy Pycroft, but the television pictures failed to provide a clear picture.

England assistant coach Paul Farbrace opined that the teams will move on from the incident as the umpires have dealt with the issue.

"In the heat of battle you will see the odd exchange between players.

“The umpires dealt with it, Wahab certainly won't be signing for Chelsea with his football skills.

“It happened, you move on.

“That's the end of it.”

Riaz was the main bowler for Pakistan in England’s first innings, as he picked three wickets in a fiery spell of reverse swing, accounting for Root, Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler apart from dismissing Moeen Ali earlier.

In England’s second innings, Riaz has been very economical by conceding just 15 runs from his eight overs, but is yet to pick up a wicket.

At stumps on the fourth day, England were 130 for three, needing 361 more runs to win the match with Root and Jonny Bairstow still at the crease. 

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