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Published: Tuesday, November 20, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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Bangalore: England batsman Michael Vaughan said on Wednesday his dismissal for handling the ball in the final Test against India in Bangalore was against "the spirit of the game."[an error occurred while processing this directive]Vaughan became only the seventh Test batsman is history to be given out in such fashion when Indian umpire A V Jayaprakash upheld a mild appeal by bowler Sharandeep Singh.Vaughan, who made 64, mistimed a sweep and, as the ball appeared to drop between his pads, he saw wicket-keeper Deep Dasgupta lurking nearby and pushed the ball away with his hands."The ball was not going on to the stumps, I was trying to pass it on to the fielder," Vaughan said after the day's play.The Yorkshire batsman, who found his third Test half-century end abruptly, stood at the wicket for some time before walking off. "I was bemused by the whole thing. The law says I was out, but I don't think it was in the spirit of the game."Asked if the Indians should have apologised, Vaughan said, "An apology would not have got my wicket back. I spoke to my captain Nasser Hussain about the whole thing and he said he would probably have called the batsman back."Indian skipper Saurav Ganguly declined to comment on the incident, but said his team "always played by the rules".

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