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In my explanation, I did not present all the facts. Michael Atherton, the England cricket captain, after his first meeting at Lord's with the Test referee, Peter Burge, who was investigating ball-tampering allegations.

The action of having dirt in his pocket in order to dry his hands was foolish in the extreme and cannot be condoned, particularly when done by a Test captain. Burge, in his second statement on the affair at Lord's.

I have decided to fine Michael on two counts. Firstly, for using dirt. Secondly, for giving incomplete information to the match referee. Ray Illingworth, the England chairman of selectors.

If I had the chance again, I'd wipe my hand on the ground. Atherton.

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