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Waqar escapes further action over beamers

Brian Murgatroyd in Johannesburg | February 12, 2003 01:47 IST

Pakistan captain Waqar Younis will not face any further action over the beamers that he bowled to Australian batsman Andrew Symonds during their World Cup match on Tuesday.

Umpire David Shepherd ordered Waqar out of the attack after he delivered two fast, high full tosses to Symonds in the 49th over of the innings.

Shepherd took the action in accordance with Law 42.6, which deals with dangerous and unfair bowling and the over was completed by leg-spinner Shahid Afridi.

Match referee Clive Lloyd consulted with the two on-field umpires, Shepherd and Asoka de Silva, and in a statement released after the match said there would be no additional punishment after it was agreed the bowler's intentions were not deliberate.

Waqar said the deliveries came about as he searched for yorkers to try and restrict Symonds, who hammered 143 not out, his maiden one-day international hundred, in Australia's 82-run win.

"The first one slipped from my hand and he [Shepherd] warned me and then it happened again and that is why I couldn't bowl my last few balls," he said.

"I did apologise to Simmo [Symonds]. You should ask him," he added.

Symonds was clearly incensed by the deliveries, and was especially animated after the second full toss that resulted in Waqar's removal from the attack.

He picked himself up after falling to the ground to avoid the ball and walked down the pitch towards Waqar before being waved away by Shepherd.

"It was just the moment, I had a lot of adrenaline flowing," Symonds said.

"I was looking to find the boundary but he said sorry after the game and that is fine by me. I have no hard feelings towards him," he added.

The world champion Australians won the Group A match after scoring 310 for eight. Pakistan responded with 228 all out.

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