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Jonathan Trott and Wahab Riaz in nets confrontation

Pakistan's Wahab Riaz (left) and England batsman Jonathan Trott
Riaz (left) and Trott have been spoken to by the match referee

England's Jonathan Trott and Pakistan's Wahab Riaz were involved in a spat before Monday's match at Lord's, in what was called an "isolated" incident.

Pakistan won a game overshadowed by fresh off-the-field controversy to set up a series decider on Wednesday.

England skipper Andrew Strauss commended both sets of players for their good conduct during the match.

But he added he was "pretty deflated" to lose to Pakistan after a "long, arduous and difficult 24 hours."

The day began with Strauss having to deny England had lost the third one-dayer in return for money.

A series of statements from him, the England and Wales Cricket Board and the Professional Cricketers' Association followed off-the-cuff comments from Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ijaz Butt on Sunday.

England only took part in the the fourth match of the series after some soul-searching, and with a degree of reluctance.

Strauss said: "To lose a game of cricket at the back end of it all, when we were in a good position to win, is very disappointing.

"There were obviously a lot of meetings on Sunday night. We didn't have a lot of time to respond to the allegations that surfaced yesterday.

"We were very disappointed to have our integrity questioned. It was tough starting the day and there was quite a lot of emotion and rawness around.

Amir Mir

"It took us a while to get into the game but we are very proud that we did get into it. There was a big crowd and they enjoyed a good game of cricket.

"The circumstances surrounding the game were not ideal; there were a lot of distractions around. But we have got to be good enough to stand up and do what we are paid to do.

"Regardless of everything else that's gone on we are desperate to win the series. We have no other alternative and will be fully motivated to do so."

David Collier, chief executive of the England and Wales Cricket Board, called the pre-match confrontation between the pace bowler Riaz and batsman Trott "regrettable".

He added: "We are very fortunate that we have the experience of a neutral man in [match referee] Jeff Crowe, who dealt with it immediately. It is a closed matter.

"I think feelings have been high in the last 24 hours. We don't hide behind that, though. We admit that feelings were strong, so that is bound to spill over."

Riaz was last week interviewed by police as part of their inquiry into alleged spot-fixing.

Pakistan coach Waqar Younis has repeatedly had to try to galvanise his team in the face of various spot-fixing allegations over the past three weeks.

"It's good that we concentrate on the game and I think it was a beautiful game of cricket," said Younis after his team's victory.

"We are a very young side and we're developing into a good side, then this whole thing happened. Every morning when you pick up a paper it's tough.

"I'm so pleased the boys kept their cool. I'm really proud of them."

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