London, Aug 3: England coach Andy Flower has defended his team for asking India to reconsider its appeal in the bizarre run-out of Ian Bell in the second Test, insisting that it would have become an "international incident" had Sachin Tendulkar been dismissed in a similarly controversial manner.
Bell was allowed to come back and bat when Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni withdrew the run out appeal against him after he left his crease under the impression that tea break had been taken during the second Test which India lost by 319 runs in four days.
Dhoni's decision to reinstate Bell came after England captain Andrew Strauss and Flower requested the Indian team to withdraw the appeal. And Flower said the English had every right to do so.
"We didn't think sitting in our changing room and fuming quietly to ourselves was going to do any good," Flower told reporters at Trent Bridge.
"We thought communicating like that would be the way to go. We felt that Bell wasn't attempting to take a run and therefore we wanted to ask the Indian side to reconsider their appeal," he said.