England's Stuart Broad has been charged by Ranjan Madugalle, the International Cricket Council (ICC) match referee, with throwing the ball "inappropriately" at Zulqarnain Haider. The level two offence carries the possible punishment of a one-match ban. Broad's frustration was a result of Zulqarnain's defiant 88 which made England work harder and wait longer than anyone had bargained for as their victory push stalled at Edgbaston.
Broad threw a dead ball petulantly back at the Pakistan batsman, who was hit on the shoulder. Haider had earlier survived a caught-behind appeal by Broad after England called for a review of the not-out decision. Graeme Swann, Broad's teammate, played down the incident. "Knowing Broady as I do, he certainly didn't have any malice behind it and he can't throw the ball hard enough to hurt anyone anyway," said Swann. "He apologised straight away. It was just a sign of the frustrations that were going on."
Salman Butt, the Pakistan captain, saw things differently. "Cricket is a gentleman's game but I think they got frustrated," he said after Haider's 88 kept England waiting for what had seemed a certain victory. "The throw was just one thing. There were plenty of words as well, that everyone could see, and people kicking the bowling marks. "It's just frustration when you have been bowling too long. It's not good to see people throwing balls intentionally at others and not even apologising properly," he said.
"We thought of him because he was a good player who I enjoyed working with, but when the coach says no, it's no - you have to accept it." Zulqarnain shared stands of 52 for the seventh wicket with Mohammad Aamer and 115 for the eighth with Saeed Ajmal (50) as Pakistan reached 291 for nine, leaving England needing to make at least 113 today. * PA credit with a memorable on-drive off Steven Finn for his ninth four.
He had come in at 82 for five, avoided a king pair only after a DRS review of his first ball from Swann disproved an lbw decision, and also got the right end of a review on 18 when an exasperated Broad thought he had him caught behind. Pakistan were 101 for six soon after lunch but Zulqarnain and Co had not read the script which dictated the tourists would capitulate again as they did in the first innings and last Sunday in the first Test at Trent Bridge.
Aamer finally departed for just 16 to the 117th delivery he faced, fencing a catch to slip off Broad with the second new ball. But it was not until late evening that Swann had Ajmal edging to slip two balls after his maiden Test 50, before dismissing Zulqarnain in his next over. The tourists had still been 78 short of making England bat again when Swann had Umar Amin stumped, over-balancing in defence, for his fourth wicket and his team's sixth. But the rest of the afternoon brought no England success. * Agencies