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Salpietro was trying to stop people moving around behind the sightscreen
Australia opening batsman Chris Rogers has revealed that he actually knows the man who distracted him before he was dismissed lbw for 84 in the first innings of the third Ashes Test at Old Trafford, Manchester.
Daniel Salpietro, who plays with Rogers at Prahran cricket club, defended his actions behind the sightscreen, stating that he and Jon Wells, who represents Tasmania, were trying to stop people from moving in and out of the pavilion.
“What actually happened was really down to the steward in the pavilion,” Salpietro said. “The players wanted the door near me closing but he didn’t seem to grasp what was going on. It had happened a few times over the previous overs and the steward was still not doing anything about it despite me and Jon Wells telling him that the door needed closing and people had to be stopped from walking through.
“So I decided to take it into my own hands to stand up and close the door and that’s when the camera caught me – and I guess it makes it worse because it was Chris who was distracted and then he got out. We are team-mates in club cricket back home and I will have to phone Chris tonight. I play club cricket with him back home and we are quite good mates.
“I’m sure he will see the funny side of the situation eventually. I’ve been copping a bundle of stick on Twitter with the lads at Rishton telling me I got Rogers out but honestly it wasn’t my fault.”