India in England 2014 August 1, 2014

James Anderson found not guilty

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James Anderson and Ravindra Jadeja have been found not guilty of breaching the ICC Code of Conduct during their alleged altercation at Trent Bridge by judicial commissioner Gordon Lewis at the hearing in Southampton on Friday.

After a day of hearing evidence and submissions from both sides it was said the verdict could take up to 48 hours to be delivered but in the end commissioner Lewis, who had joined via Skype from Australia, needed a matter of minutes to come to his decision.

Anderson will now be available for the final two Tests of the series, which is level at 1-1, including his home match at Old Trafford that starts on August 7. If Anderson had been guilty he would have faced a ban of at least two Tests.

Had Anderson been found guilty he could have appealed but now that is not required by him as the only appeal against the verdict can come from the ICC chief executive.

"The Judicial Commissioner reached his decisions following a six-hour hearing, which took place via videoconference," the ICC said. "Witnesses, including some Indian and English players, provided evidence and were cross-examined by the respective legal counsels."

There was no official reaction from the ECB or BCCI on Friday evening, but Anderson's county, Lancashire, were relieved to know their hometown star would be available.

"It's a great boost for us and a great boost for England," Mike Watkinson, Lancashire's director of cricket, said. "Having an Old Trafford Test and Jimmy not being available for a reason like that would be unthinkable really.

"Following the victory and the way he performed, he's coming here with a bit of spice on the game which were all looking forward to. He looked fired up in the last game and we've seen he has little peaks and troughs like anyone else does."

Anderson was facing a Level 3 charge for allegedly abusing and pushing Jadeja at the start of the lunch break on the second day of the first Test at Trent Bridge. The charge had been laid by India's team manager Sunil Dev and was countered by a Level 2 charge laid by England manager Phil Neale against Jadeja.

Jadeja was alleged to have turned towards Anderson in a threatening manner and had originally been found guilty by match referee David Boon at a previous hearing and fined 50% of his match fee. After applying legal pressure India were allowed to lodge an appeal, which was heard today, and Jadeja was also found not guilty.

The ECB and Anderson were represented in the hearings by Nick De Marco while Adam Lewis QC represented Jadeja. The hearings were also attended by the two team managers, the ECB's managing director Paul Downton, the BCCI's Sundar Raman and MV Sridhar, the ICC's General Manager - Cricket, Geoff Allardice, and the ICC's Ethics and Regulatory lawyer, Sally Clark.

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  • Dummy4 on August 2, 2014, 12:33 GMT

    I don't think Jadeja's absence will impact the Indian team performance to a greater extent.. Ashwin is a far better bowler and he can bat too.... Anderson's presence is like a nail in the chair for the Indian batting. Obviously, India will be unhappy with the decision... Come on! Lets play a good cricket...

  • Dummy4 on August 2, 2014, 12:11 GMT

    glad common sense prevaled!

  • Nicholas on August 2, 2014, 10:19 GMT

    I haven't really been following this incident, but am glad at the end result and that two entertaining players have not been denied the opportunity to participate in the rest of the series. The loss of Anderson to England would especially have been significant, particularly now he seems to have found his mojo. The players all need to try and put this behind them now, and simply try and do all their talking on the pitches with bat, ball and good fielding.

  • Alex on August 1, 2014, 17:01 GMT

    1:1 lets play. Forget childish antics.

  • Dummy4 on August 1, 2014, 16:55 GMT

    Anderson and Jadeja might have got off, but game would be better off for a return to more gentlemanly conduct. These players need to remember the traditions of the game, which have existed for far longer than the trend towards ever escalating levels of sledging. The pity of it is that this is a game, these guys are privileged to be able to play it for a living, but at the end of the day it is a game. Professional players should remember that they are role models for children and amateurs all over the world, where in my view there is no place for this silly sledging.

  • Dummy4 on August 1, 2014, 16:31 GMT

    This gives Anderson the opportunity to get the 13 wickets he needs to become England's highest wicket-taker in Tests. Botham has 383. Anderson has 371.

  • Cricinfo on August 1, 2014, 16:19 GMT

    It's done, let's focus on the cricket now.

  • Dummy4 on August 1, 2014, 15:53 GMT

    The hearing result of anderson would miff Dhoni even further . Would add fuel to third test for Sure, Not sure what hapeened to the video evidence BCCI were so 'Confident ' about

  • Android on August 1, 2014, 15:52 GMT

    Thank God Anderson's not getting banned for the rest of the series because "when" India's gonna beat England and win this series nobody could cook; any excuse abt that win..Excuse like India won because Anderson was not in the team.. Good that both of them were found not guilty, Jadeja's match fee won't be deduced now...

  • Android on August 1, 2014, 15:52 GMT

    Good news for England.escaped from punishment. so England team have little hope next match. India will show their character in next test.

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