DUBAI - Sensing the defeat in ongoing second Test, England turned their attentions towards dirty-tricks as they leveled allegations against Pakistan pacer of ball tempering.

Trevor Bayliss, the England coach, made a visit to the match referee on the fourth day of the Dubai Test to voice his concerns that Wahab deliberately stood on the ball.

Wahab and Joe Root were involved in a lively exchange shortly before the drinks break on the fourth evening, which required the umpires to step in to calm tensions.

The suggestion, from Root’s gesture, was that Wahab had trodden on the ball and subsequently pointed this out to the on-field umpires.

The replays showed Wahab simply toe-ending the ball. His explanation, going by the body language, was that he could not pick it up due to sweaty palms. Cricket balls are deliberately kept dry by teams attempting to produce reverse swing, although the unlawful act of scuffing them can also assist.

Following the incident Bayliss, along with the team manager Phil Neale, were seen visiting the match referee’s office at the Dubai International Stadium. But despite this the assistant coach, Paul Farbrace, looked to play down the incident after stumps when he insisted there was no lingering issue. “In the heat of battle you are going to see the odd exchange between players,” he said. “Riaz certainly won’t be signing for Chelsea in the Premier League with his footballing skills. The umpires dealt with it at the time and that is the end of it.”

Despite England’s gripe, the officials and Engalnd team itself failed to obtain proofs to back their malice intent, and Riaz later denied any skullduggery when he was summoned to speak to Pycroft.

Wahab produced what will likely prove the match-defining spell when he removed England's middle order on the third morning, as he bowled nine overs unchanged to claim three wickets, including Root caught behind to begin the collapse. He is so far wicketless in the second innings, with the scalps having so far gone to Imran Khan and Yasir Shah.

Root had admitted England "weren't able to handle" the pace of Wahab as they lost 7 for 36 during the morning session. And fearing the same Root tried to unsettle the pacer an unwise move altogether which could prove fatal for England on last day’s morning if one remembers the humiliation of Shane Watson at the hands of Wahab in World Cup semis after Aussies had provoked him.