Bangalore: Match-referee Denis Lindsay on Thursday advised both India and England to exercise restraint after the players of the two sides were engaged in an exchange of words on the second day of the third and final Test in Bangalore.
Lindsay visited the dressing rooms of both teams and asked them to cool down tempers, England team's media manager David Clarke told reporters.
"The match referee visited the dressing rooms and talked to the coaches and calmed them down," he said.Lindsay himself was not ready to talk about it, neither was the Indian team. When contacted over phone, Lindsay said, "Hang on" and kept the receiver down, never to get back.
Meanwhile, Board sources said Lindsay also had consultations with the two field umpires A V Jayaprakash and Asoka De Silva over the incident, which occurred in the final session of play.
Indian batsmen Sachin Tendulkar and Shiv Sunder Das had a verbal duel with English skipper Nasser Hussain after the home team complained about the negative bowling being indulged in by paceman Andrew Flintoff and left-arm spinner Ashley Giles to control the flow of runs.
Flintoff sent down a series of short-pitched deliveries while left-armer Giles consistently bowled way outside the leg stump from over the wicket to the right handed Indian batsmen in a bid to take advantage of the rough.