Jack Bannister on the biggest minus for England at the Riverside...
The modern television camera is an unforgiving beast as Colin Montgomerie and Geraint Jones have just discovered. Different sports, 14 years difference in age and experience, not to mention a definite difference in physique.
Yet both international sportsmen have recently been spotted with their hands in the till - at least they have on the evidence of modern sophisticated televisual technology which is only one step away from reading a player's mind.
As in life, sport has a moral side in which ethics might now be a diminishing part but still has a place in the cut-throat world of big money. Golf and snooker players pride themselves on calling fouls on themselves, albeit transgressions are easier to spot in a still-ball game than when the object ball is on the move.
England wicketkeeper Jones was at the centre of a wrongly-claimed catch on Saturday against Bangladesh in the second Test match at Riverside and, taking the camera evidence at its obvious face value, he allowed an innocent man to go to the gallows by not owning up to an act in which the kindest thing to say was that it was committed due to over-excitement.
Nasif Iqbal edged one from Andrew Flintoff in front of Jones. He flung himself forward to try to take the catch but the ball was shown to pitch at least two inches in front of his gloves before he scooped it up and claimed the dismissal. The camera is two-dimensional and often confuses but not when a ball pitches so far in front of the fieldsman's hands.
The bowler appealed half-heartedly and, had the batsman stood his ground, it would have been referred to the third umpire and he would have been given in.
Instead he took the word of the "catcher" - silly boy - and walked off. He was halfway to the pavilion when his team-mates rushed to the balcony to tell him to go back because they had just seen the replay. Embarrassed and uncertain, he went back to the two umpires who, because the appeal was not withdrawn, confirmed he was out and he had to go.
It reflects badly on the England side that, having had about a minute to discuss the incident, they did not exercise their right to recall Iqbal. Just wait and watch for the reaction of the first England cricketer to cop a stinker against Australia.
The argument that these sorts of decisions even themselves out is a specious one. Genuine 50-50 appeals are part of the game but what is not is a knowing attempt by a player or players to gain an unfair advantage. What goes around comes around, and it will.
It is similar to being given change for a £20 note when you have handed over a £5 and pocketing the surplus in the hope you won't be found out.
The view has been offered that Jones believed it was a fair catch because it is more difficult to be certain about whether a ball has carried if the catcher is wearing wicketkeeping gloves with straps and webbing.
Ian Botham said later: "I fielded at slip throughout my career and I agree there are some catches when you cannot be quite sure. But, when you are diving forward for one that bounces first, there is no confusion because the ball bounces upwards into your hands and you know it is not a fair catch."
Even if Jones became so confused amid the dive with the ball in his gloves and the general excitement about a possible wicket, his slip cordon had no possible excuse, except perhaps for Marcus Trescothick at first slip.
Jones could have obscured his view but that certainly did not apply for the other two slips and a gully who whooped up their appeal. Remember, they were standing no more than a few yards away and had a perfect view.
Coach Dav Whatmore was clearly unimpressed. When asked about his view of the dismissal, he said: "I am disappointed but you know that the Code of Conduct makes it impossible for me to comment about the catch - or rather the catch that wasn't!"
The incident sullied an otherwise good day of cricket in which the crowd of 10,000 was treated to 475 runs from 98 overs - the extra half hour was claimed - and, following Ian Bell's unbeaten 162, they saw the sunny-dispositioned Bangladeshis pile up 297 for eight and finally show that one or two can bat.
Bell's innings at a run a ball did two things. It took his Test average to 297 from the same aggregate for once out; and he became the first England batsman to score a hundred runs before lunch since Les Ames in 1935 at the Oval against South Africa in a three-day drawn Test which produced 1,297 from 350 overs. That is not a misprint - 350 overs in three days!
Bell could do no more against a pop-gun attack but his innings needs putting into the context of an Ashes series. If there is a nit to be picked it concerns his method against spin. Mohammad Rafique is a straightforward left-arm spinner. No mystery, no trick ball, just a decent line and length.
Bell played a lot defensively with fairly firm hands, and often chose to come a couple of paces down the pitch, only to block. He was never in trouble but the same technique is unlikely to succeed against the teasing Shane Warne. His cover-driving, cutting and pulling was top drawer and he clearly has a terrific appetite for runs.
Graham Thorpe milked 66 runs in a pre-lunch session worth 178 in 30 overs before the expected declaration. The fourth Bangladesh innings of the series finally managed a good start, thanks mainly to Steve Harmison's inability to repeat his first innings rhythm and Matthew Hoggard being out of sorts.
Javed Omar earned his man of the series award with 71 good runs and other innings of note were played by captain Habibul Bashar (63 off 52 balls) and the best of the lot, a scintillating, unbeaten 82 by 19-year-old Aftab Ahmed.
Hoggard bowled better later in the day, helped by another stunning catch at short leg by Thorpe, together with a good in-swinger to bowl Rafique in a spell of three wickets in nine balls.
It took 17 minutes to wrap up things yesterday morning, with a victory margin of an innings and 27 runs to savour in the next six and a half weeks, which will be totally devoid of first-class cricket before the first Ashes Test at Lord's next month.
The plus points of the two mis-matches were the performances of Bell, the advance of Simon Jones, the progress to full fitness by Flintoff and the best performance for more than nine months by Harmison. Minuses included Andrew Strauss and the worries about the fitness of Ashley Giles.
And one more - in its own way the biggest minus of all. That was the unfortunate dismissal of Iqbal on Saturday. What goes around . . .