India in England 2014 July 15, 2014

Anderson charged in Jadeja incident

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England fast bowler James Anderson has been charged under Level 3 of the ICC Code of Conduct for allegedly "abusing and pushing Ravindra Jadeja" on the second day of the first Investec Test at Trent Bridge.

Anderson faces a ban of at least two Tests if he is found guilty as the minimum sanction for a Level 3 violation is four suspension points and two equates to missing one Test. He now faces a hearing which, according to the ICC code, needs to take place within 14 days.

The complaint was not brought by the umpires but by the India team manager, Sunil Dev, who told ESPNcricinfo he lodged the complaint only after confirming the incident with India captain MS Dhoni, other players and coach Duncan Fletcher. Players from both sides could be called to give evidence at the hearing.

"Mahi [Dhoni] and everyone complained that he [Anderson] physically touched him [Jadeja] and pushed him. It was all over the dressing room," Dev said. "It is serious matter only because you can't push anybody. So I put in a complaint with the match referee."

The ECB reacted with surprise and anger that India had reported Anderson for what they described as a "minor incident" in a press release. In retaliation, the ECB notified its intention of lodging a complaint against Jadeja as well.

"James Anderson categorically denies the accusations made against him and the ECB have pledged their total support for the player should he be charged," the board said.

Though Dev did not respond to the ECB reaction, another India team official said had it actually been a minor incident, it would not have warranted a complaint.

The alleged incident took place after the players left the field for lunch on the second day and that it was reportedly a continuation of a verbal altercation between Anderson and Jadeja as they were walking off.

Anderson was Man of the Match in the first Test after scoring 81, a maiden professional half-century, at No. 11 as part of the world record final-wicket stand 198 with Joe Root which took England from a position where they were in danger of losing the Test to one where they were able to put India under pressure on the final day.

During India's second innings Anderson had Jadeja caught behind shortly after lunch on the final day, his fourth and last wicket for a match which was back-breaking work for the pace bowlers.

There has been debate about whether Jadeja will keep his place for the Lord's Test ahead of offspinner R Ashwin, after going wicketless in 35 overs at Trent Bridge, although indications are that India could remain unchanged, which means he and Anderson will be head-to-head again in the middle.

Anderson was charged under Article 2.3.3, which states: "Where the facts of the alleged incident are not adequately or clearly covered by any of the above offences, conduct that either: (a) is contrary to the spirit of the game; or (b) brings the game into disrepute.

"Level 3 charges are referred to a Judicial Commissioner for adjudication," the ICC continued. "As such, where required under Article 5.2 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, the ICC will appoint a Judicial Commissioner who will hold a hearing as soon as reasonably practicable. These details will be announced in due course.

"All Level 3 breaches carry a penalty of between four and eight suspension points. Two suspension points equates to a ban of one Test, or two ODIs, depending on which type of match is scheduled next for the suspended player."

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  • fguy on July 17, 2014, 21:49 GMT

    now that it's come out that Complaint against Anderson was made in 24 hours (http://www.espncricinfo.com/england-v-india-2014/content/story/760805.html) the people who cast aspersions on India for "waiting 5 days" must feel downright foolish, no? similarly others casting aspersions without knowing any facts of the case but jumping to their own conclusions based on their biases for/against a particular player should hold their horses till facts come out or they'll also be similarly vacuous. besides i didnt think there was anything wrong in waiting for a while. serious charges like these which can throw a black mark on the player need to be thought through with a cool mind & not made in heat of the moment bcoz the mark will always be there. fact that india has stuck to their charge means it was a very serious incident as they're not the type to unnecessarily stir the pot or indulge in gamesmanship (unlike other sides)

  • Surajdon9 on July 17, 2014, 2:02 GMT

    It is unfortunate that the "spat" between Anderson and Jadeja carried on upto the dressing rooms. ICC needs to choose the right person to adjudicate if only to avoid "giving in to India" or continuing "the old white supremacy" as has been perceived by the Boards, players and the public. Establishing what happened is most important, no one is bigger than the game itself. Good luck ICC.

  • on July 16, 2014, 14:51 GMT

    @Coolcapricorn on (July 16, 2014, 12:26 GMT):

    You are absolutely right. The so-called gentleman's game is the only one which has, through inaction from authorities escalated sledging, glorified by some respected senior Australian captains with a fancy name of 'mental disintegration" . I have been watching/following cricket for more than half a century, and I should add the cricketers from the South Asian Countries did NOT START it, but started giving back in kind, over a period of time. Now, they can match word for word, stare for stare, scowl for scowl, and unparliamentary language in the same kind. In my opinion, it is a disgrace to a gentleman's game.

    Even among the non-Asian teams, everyone knows , which two teams are masters of this "art" :-(

  • Divinetouch on July 16, 2014, 14:09 GMT

    If found guilty, Anderson should be banned. The ICC must be consistent in its decision making. There is enough precedent to support ban.

    My fellow bloggers who are castigating India for reporting the incident (which was done timely) did not sing the same tune when Gambhir was banned nor in all probability would they have done so had an Indian cricketer been the accused.

  • on July 16, 2014, 13:01 GMT

    @CricketisKing what are you talking about ? It is just a means to distract and rattle you. If you let it get to you then you should not be playing sports. ? incident happen off the field -_-

  • Coolcapricorn on July 16, 2014, 12:26 GMT

    @cricketisKing - totally disagree with you that sledging is part of every sport, doesn't happen in golf, tennis, athletics etc! With abuse or insults, where do you draw the line as to what is abusive or what is not? Equally something not considered offensive say in England maybe considered to be very offensive by players of a different cultural background. Moreover such minor spats leads to greater abuse, hatred & even physical altercations as in this case - destroying in an instant the good spirit in which all such sports should be played. Therefore I think it is best to draw a clear line & introduce a zero tolerance to any form of abuse, trash talk or sledging in cricket.

  • haqster499 on July 16, 2014, 11:26 GMT

    Duncan Fletcher knows both players. Why did it have to come to this?

    What are the managers for in each team? Diplomacy and getting people to make up is a critical function of the team management.

    Now it will turn into a sour series with friction between fans, players etc. on both sides.....

  • CricketisKing on July 16, 2014, 11:25 GMT

    jw76 : Sledging or trash talking is part of every sport. There is nothing wrong with it as long as it is not abusive. It is just a means to distract and rattle you. If you let it get to you then you should not be playing sports. I do not agree with touching a person let alone physical confrontations. Those should merit some kind of a fine but banning someone for it is stupid unless the other player has been physically hurt.

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on July 16, 2014, 11:16 GMT

    @YousufAhmed-We will be up against real best bowling attack in world just few months down @ their home for a full 4 tests.And their spearhead,a big l/a quick-who also happens to be worlds fastest-charging in.Tough to 'escape',that! I'm Indian,by the way.

  • on July 16, 2014, 11:01 GMT

    In the name of the game and for the safety of all players any type of abusiveness should be taken rather seriously.

  • fguy on July 17, 2014, 21:49 GMT

    now that it's come out that Complaint against Anderson was made in 24 hours (http://www.espncricinfo.com/england-v-india-2014/content/story/760805.html) the people who cast aspersions on India for "waiting 5 days" must feel downright foolish, no? similarly others casting aspersions without knowing any facts of the case but jumping to their own conclusions based on their biases for/against a particular player should hold their horses till facts come out or they'll also be similarly vacuous. besides i didnt think there was anything wrong in waiting for a while. serious charges like these which can throw a black mark on the player need to be thought through with a cool mind & not made in heat of the moment bcoz the mark will always be there. fact that india has stuck to their charge means it was a very serious incident as they're not the type to unnecessarily stir the pot or indulge in gamesmanship (unlike other sides)

  • Surajdon9 on July 17, 2014, 2:02 GMT

    It is unfortunate that the "spat" between Anderson and Jadeja carried on upto the dressing rooms. ICC needs to choose the right person to adjudicate if only to avoid "giving in to India" or continuing "the old white supremacy" as has been perceived by the Boards, players and the public. Establishing what happened is most important, no one is bigger than the game itself. Good luck ICC.

  • on July 16, 2014, 14:51 GMT

    @Coolcapricorn on (July 16, 2014, 12:26 GMT):

    You are absolutely right. The so-called gentleman's game is the only one which has, through inaction from authorities escalated sledging, glorified by some respected senior Australian captains with a fancy name of 'mental disintegration" . I have been watching/following cricket for more than half a century, and I should add the cricketers from the South Asian Countries did NOT START it, but started giving back in kind, over a period of time. Now, they can match word for word, stare for stare, scowl for scowl, and unparliamentary language in the same kind. In my opinion, it is a disgrace to a gentleman's game.

    Even among the non-Asian teams, everyone knows , which two teams are masters of this "art" :-(

  • Divinetouch on July 16, 2014, 14:09 GMT

    If found guilty, Anderson should be banned. The ICC must be consistent in its decision making. There is enough precedent to support ban.

    My fellow bloggers who are castigating India for reporting the incident (which was done timely) did not sing the same tune when Gambhir was banned nor in all probability would they have done so had an Indian cricketer been the accused.

  • on July 16, 2014, 13:01 GMT

    @CricketisKing what are you talking about ? It is just a means to distract and rattle you. If you let it get to you then you should not be playing sports. ? incident happen off the field -_-

  • Coolcapricorn on July 16, 2014, 12:26 GMT

    @cricketisKing - totally disagree with you that sledging is part of every sport, doesn't happen in golf, tennis, athletics etc! With abuse or insults, where do you draw the line as to what is abusive or what is not? Equally something not considered offensive say in England maybe considered to be very offensive by players of a different cultural background. Moreover such minor spats leads to greater abuse, hatred & even physical altercations as in this case - destroying in an instant the good spirit in which all such sports should be played. Therefore I think it is best to draw a clear line & introduce a zero tolerance to any form of abuse, trash talk or sledging in cricket.

  • haqster499 on July 16, 2014, 11:26 GMT

    Duncan Fletcher knows both players. Why did it have to come to this?

    What are the managers for in each team? Diplomacy and getting people to make up is a critical function of the team management.

    Now it will turn into a sour series with friction between fans, players etc. on both sides.....

  • CricketisKing on July 16, 2014, 11:25 GMT

    jw76 : Sledging or trash talking is part of every sport. There is nothing wrong with it as long as it is not abusive. It is just a means to distract and rattle you. If you let it get to you then you should not be playing sports. I do not agree with touching a person let alone physical confrontations. Those should merit some kind of a fine but banning someone for it is stupid unless the other player has been physically hurt.

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on July 16, 2014, 11:16 GMT

    @YousufAhmed-We will be up against real best bowling attack in world just few months down @ their home for a full 4 tests.And their spearhead,a big l/a quick-who also happens to be worlds fastest-charging in.Tough to 'escape',that! I'm Indian,by the way.

  • on July 16, 2014, 11:01 GMT

    In the name of the game and for the safety of all players any type of abusiveness should be taken rather seriously.

  • a4abhik on July 16, 2014, 10:43 GMT

    Complaint registered within 24 hours. http://www.espncricinfo.com/england-v-india-2014/content/story/760805.html

  • jw76 on July 16, 2014, 10:36 GMT

    Coolcapricorn, well said, I totally agree with you. Yet more evidence that Test cricket between most countries has become a cauldron of hatred, going the way of hatred. Allowing sledging opens the door to worse behavior. Get rid of the sledging and most of the rest will take care of itself. Gutless administration!

  • TheUltimateTruth on July 16, 2014, 10:35 GMT

    @Paul Rone-Clarke, India is saying the incident happened inside (off public camera), and it was reported within 24 hours. So, your claims and those of @Nutcutlet's are off the mark, but understandable as English fans. May be there was no pushing, no violation, but investigation will determine that. I believe the visible, verbal part of the altercation happened when Anderson appealed for caught behind and Jadeja was given not out. Snicko and Hot Spot showed it to be not out, but Anderson could not have known that then. There was continued verbal altercation all the way back to the pavilion while walking back for lunch. That's where our knowledge of the incident stops.

  • wablo55 on July 16, 2014, 10:26 GMT

    @Snick_To_Backward_Point: They didnt wait five days, it was 24 hs. Cricinfo hav recently published an article explaining that.

  • mikkkk on July 16, 2014, 10:22 GMT

    @Naveed Khan "Englad were expecting to win 5-0 and that dream is broken."

    Lol, are you basing that on anything or did you just make it up? My suspicion is the latter.

  • a4abhik on July 16, 2014, 10:13 GMT

    Don't know why these speculations are arising here regarding the timing of the complaint. A 'push' still remains a 'push' and its seriousness remains same even if its reported after 5 days.Cricket is better off such unsporting conducts. Anyway, its unlikely that any decision will be reached sooner than the break before the 4th test at Old Trafford, Jimmy's home county ground.

  • Yousufahmed1 on July 16, 2014, 10:13 GMT

    @ deepmankar If it can be an excuse than IND also lost Zaheer on the first day of 2011 series against ENG after he took 3 wickets and was on top of his game. But nobody used that as an excuse for our thrashing. We were pointing fingers at our team and were not giving excuses. Anderson is a great bowler but this IND team has just faced the best bowling lineup in the world on a much better pitch and still came out on top(though didn't win). Rather than blowing it our of proportion we should just wait and see what happens.

  • on July 16, 2014, 10:10 GMT

    @steve48, absolutely! Fast bowler like Anderson(and Broad) playing so many Test matches, so much pressure - the guy needs a break! and so did Trott! and so does cook! the last thing a bunch of these guys need is 4 more test matches!

  • steve48 on July 16, 2014, 9:53 GMT

    Whatever the reality of this incident, something obviously happened, and some contact was made, it is a huge insult to India to think otherwise. The real issue is Jimmy's current state of mind, we all were surprised at him actually crying after the second SL test, as upsetting as it would have been, but my real indicator of his stress levels was when he was so distraught not to be given an lbw decision in that same match you could see Cook give in and review it almost out of concern. Of course it would have missed another set of stumps! I really hope these signs are not ignored, and we manage them better than we did with Trott...

  • Absolutelycricket on July 16, 2014, 9:47 GMT

    I hope Anderson do not get banned for test as India is not bad performing, just in case India wins and Anderson is not there this would be good excuse to loosing team that India planned Anderson exit to win. Some people asking here about the timing of complain i would like to ask them what would you do if you face Physical abuse ? is this really in the spirit of the game ?

  • on July 16, 2014, 9:40 GMT

    Why didn't the Umpires bring this to the match referee's notice immediately? Why didn't the Indian captain complain right then and there to the on-field umpires? Anderson is the best bowler England has

  • Snick_To_Backward_Point on July 16, 2014, 9:39 GMT

    Until there is hard evidence put forward no-one can judge either player. I do find it strange India waited 5 days to lodge this complaint though.

    Think this is the first time I can recall something like this happening. Usually the players are sensible enough to brush off any heat from the contest and move on.

    Pushing for a level 3 infringement for something like this is also ridiculous IMO.

  • zxaar on July 16, 2014, 9:37 GMT

    "If this incident is as serious as claimed why was it not immediately raised during the match rather than afterwards?" --------------------- One possible explanation is that India probably wanted to make sure that they have enough proof to prove what they claim has happened. Second explanation is that they might have had a meeting to discuss this and finally decided that going on to file a complain is an appropriate action.

  • dunger.bob on July 16, 2014, 9:37 GMT

    @ Paul Rone-Clarke: Are you saying they bumped shoulders going up the chute or something? I haven't seen any footage so have no idea what level of contact we're talking about. I got the idea from the article that Jimmy may have given him a good old shove.

    I'm very glad there is apparently a good amount of footage of the incident available for the committee to review. It's so much more objective than the dreaded one mans word against another scenario. Anyway, whatever the outcome, lets hope it's right and justice is done.

  • Coolcapricorn on July 16, 2014, 9:35 GMT

    Think it is about time we introduce a total ban on all verbals/sledging & have a zero tolerance to it - this would then generally lead to a stop to all physical altercations between players. Cricket should consider itself a gentleman's game like golf & there should be no place for the abuse of opponents in any form at all.

  • concerned_cricketer on July 16, 2014, 9:11 GMT

    Folks on both sides, please hold your guns. At this point it is an allegation and nothing more and nothing less. Let the officials look into the matter and decide and then we can pontificate if we are so particular we should. Exchanging words is one thing touching or pushing is another and that is why I believe this is getting attention. Cricket is a non-contact game after all.

  • Hatter_Mad on July 16, 2014, 9:07 GMT

    Oh dear, not good and the fact that charges have been filed in the first place means that this won't easily be forgotten. If much of the incident has been caught by the TV cameras then I guess somebody will be sorry after the hearing.

  • JG2704 on July 16, 2014, 9:07 GMT

    I guess we need to see how it all pans out. No point in saying that Anderson is guilty or not guilty without having any evidence to hand - but that's never stopped people re KP/ECB sagas. England will hope nothing comes of it as we seem to be a 2 man attack at the moment.

  • on July 16, 2014, 9:06 GMT

    @Markro2015 i dont see England win any of the last 8 test matches due to the presence of Andersen.England's really worry is lack of spinner like Swann.Who will contain/take wickets throughout the day at one end and your quickies operate in short spell and get wickets.No swann now and the workload for anderson and board has been immense.Dont forget last time its Dhoni who recalled Bell again after his carelessness caused his wicket.Cricket is meant to be played with Bat and ball,not physically. Mistake is a mistake. Both has to face the consequences.

  • mshyder on July 16, 2014, 9:04 GMT

    I am afraid that the official complaint by Indian team management will destroy the atmosphere and relationship during the remaining tour. Such incident could have been handled between the two team managements without going to ICC to maintain the cordial relationship.

  • jtsapkota on July 16, 2014, 9:02 GMT

    OMG what's going to happen If England Best Batsman in form is likely to be get banned for rest of the series

  • Nutcutlet on July 16, 2014, 8:56 GMT

    Took a time for the incident to be reported, didn't it? If there had been a monstrous outrage, some unacceptable verbal abuse, and/or some manhandling that tipped into the aggressive category -- with no retaliation in kind, for instance -- then you'd expect the matter to be reported through the correct channels without further delay. Imagine a student in school (I do) reporting a scuffle/ some abuse with/from another student two days after the alleged incident. My conclusion would be -- then it couldn't have been very serious, could it?

  • Stevros3 on July 16, 2014, 8:50 GMT

    Right, the facts as we know them.

    Anderson raised his hands and they were in contact with Jadeja.

    India's verison: Anderson pushed Jadeja whilst the two were exchanging verbals whilst leaving the field.

    Engand's version: During verbals, Jadeja approached Anderson indimidatingly and Anderson raised his hands instinctivly.

    Sounds to me like both stories are plausable, unless there is proof for one side or the other I reckon either bothe of them will get a minimum ban or neither of them.

    To my mind it just shows how players are pushing the boundries of acceptability with some of the verbals (and how now they save some of the more 'juicy' bits for off the stump mic). It is up to the ICC to step in and either say it's acceptable or to make an example of them both (I personally think as in most cases both parties mus share at least some responsibility even if one should have the majority)

  • smakers on July 16, 2014, 8:45 GMT

    If indeed a ban is handed out, it could end up breaking Jadeja. He will no doubt be targeted by every international team he comes up against - either for being perceived as 'a soft touch' or simply for tattling on a fellow professional.

  • Markro2015 on July 16, 2014, 8:42 GMT

    It's only a game and I would never condone any physical nonsense either on or off the field. However a cynic might interpret the official complaint as a desperate attempt to remove England's best bowler from the team. Let's look at possible outcomes: 1. England lose Anderson for a minimum two tests (India benefits) 2. India lose Jadeja (as above) - he had an innocuous first test and is probably going to be dropped for Ashwin. (india are not worse off) 3. Both players are banned (India benefits) 4. No one is banned (India are not worse off) How sad that the game has come to this!

  • ladycricfan on July 16, 2014, 8:39 GMT

    Hope all end with apologies and hand shakes. We want two strong teams competing against each other. If Anderson is banned it will weaken the English attack. Good chance for india to win the match,but not this way.

  • DaisonGarvasis on July 16, 2014, 8:37 GMT

    If you want to get physical with opponents, may be try a different sports like boxing or wrestling. When you are in Cricket, limit your skills to taking wickets, scoring runs and fielding the ball. Why do you want to get physical with an opponent? Once he decides to file a complaint, you get what is stipulated in the rule book. The offender doesnt get to make the call if it was a "minor incident"! As Anderson is no angel its not had to believe there was no unwanted interaction.

  • on July 16, 2014, 8:32 GMT

    If this incident is as serious as claimed why was it not immediately raised during the match rather than afterwards? At most its sounds like "handbags", at worst it sounds like an underhand and unsporting attempt to remove a key bowler... If it is the former, either both players should be equally charged and punished, or they should be told to shake hands and apologise... (the more sensible option) If it is the latter, than both Jadeja and Dhoni should be facing charges of serious misconduct.

  • on July 16, 2014, 8:25 GMT

    @Jose Puliampatta. No, this was as the players left the field. I don't know what broadcaster you watched on, but Sky showed the players just about all the way off, and the incident was very clearly shown.

    If anything Jadeja started it. Anderson may have said something that the camera didn't catch before the shoulder budge in which case that changes it. Either way, England have now said they are filing a counter claim, and if they go on the clearly shown video evidence, then the choices will be both the players banned - or Jadeja alone banned.

    Either way I'm very suspicious of waiting 5 days to report the incident. It smells strongly of a gamesmanship motive.

    If there was a physical abuse of a player why wait 5 days? To see if it was likely to swing at Lords (forecast very humid). To see if Anderson would be rested first (no).

    If you've ever been mugged did you go home and wait the best part of a week before calling for help?

    Very suspicious. I'm calling gamesmanship

  • Madpashcrickers on July 16, 2014, 8:10 GMT

    As a nation we need to get behind Jimmy like Uruguay behind Suarez, come on!

  • SwamyCricketAnanda on July 16, 2014, 8:04 GMT

    @RichardMLindsay on A storm in a teacup. Let it stay on the field...

    First of all, the incident occurred off the field, but the code of conduct still applies.

    The allegation is that Anderson pushed Jadeja. In cricket, even mild physical contact with the bowler while taking runs, is not accepted. Pushing a cricketer should certainly not go unpunished.

    As I said, as of now it is an allegation only. But it is certainly not a storm in a teacup. Do not trivialise the incident please.

  • on July 16, 2014, 7:45 GMT

    Who needs Jimmy Anderson anyway, we have Alastair Cook, he can play as a bowler now and clean up the tail.

  • SwamyCricketAnanda on July 16, 2014, 7:36 GMT

    I can see tensions flaring up on both sides, similar to the series where India won 1-0 in the Jellybean affair. I hope this results in a 3-0 win for India, and respect for the game's traditions from both sides.

  • on July 16, 2014, 7:20 GMT

    Authorities had been, by and large, casting a blind eye to incidents beyond the boundary line.

    Occasionally, they also acted. Punishments given out to Ponting for the bar brawls (long before he became thee Captain), to Jessy Rider, or Shoaib Akthar, or Symmonds were just right, on such occasions. Those incidents happened not only outside the rope, but when no matches were going on. Don't say that those were a bit more serious than what Jimmy is alleged of. Breach is breach. Big or small. Whether by a star or a rookie. The quantum of punishments will take care of those differences.

    IF (a big if) Anderson was involved in physical contact during an argument, he needs to be disciplined.

    IF Dev made a false allegation (looking at his long association with cricket admin, does not seem to be the case) he (Dev) need to be ticked off.

    But, I do expect some action; not pushing everything under the carpet, which will encourage players to indulge in more such acts in future.

  • RichardMLindsay on July 16, 2014, 7:20 GMT

    A storm in a teacup. Let it stay on the field, unless it was racist in nature (and that's both ways). India seem to have improved since New Zealand beat them in the recent test series, so good for them.

  • sarangsrk on July 16, 2014, 7:01 GMT

    @Vijayakrishnan K, this was not on day 5, this is from day 2 as the report above says. Also, by saying that it was "minor incident", the ECB do acknowledge that something did happen. So, the enquiry must take place and the law should take its path. There is absolutely no need for physical contact in Cricket (on or off the field) and if proven guilty, they should be punished

  • on July 16, 2014, 7:01 GMT

    @Handlingtheball. Please stop trivialising the incident. If such acts are irrelevant then there wouldnt be rules and penalties against it. Stop condoning poor behaviour, alleged they may be. There is room for aggression in the game but its better left in the middle.

  • vxttemp on July 16, 2014, 6:48 GMT

    I'm not sure about this incident. IMO, In any sport, your skill should do all the talking but not your mouth. Never respected steve waugh for the same reason. Please do not tell me "mental disintegration" is a skill/art. If someone think so, let us have a separate competition for that :-) :-)

  • Dangertroy on July 16, 2014, 6:44 GMT

    This isn't all bad for Anderson. This was he gets some time off. If England bowl first on Thursday, he probably won't have recovered after bowling 60 overs and hauling England out of trouble with his batting. Its not like England will drop him, or cook will bowl him in short spells. If he misses two tests, he can come back rested for the fourth test.

  • on July 16, 2014, 6:43 GMT

    "There has been debate about whether Jadeja will keep his place for the Lord's Test ahead of offspinner R Ashwin, after going wicketless in 35 overs at Trent Bridge, although indications are that India could remain unchanged, which means he and Anderson will be head-to-head again in the middle." I support all teams versus anyone playing the Big 3 teams (not 'big' in skill but by power-tripping conglomerate).. and then NZ above all others of course 8-) So.... bring on the rain for five days and no cricket. Does the ban count if rains all five days? Hope so.... Lolz, purest contempt.

  • on July 16, 2014, 6:33 GMT

    Anderson did not 'push' Sir Jadeja.. he got strongly pulled by Sir Jadeja's humano-magnetic aura..

  • satishchandar on July 16, 2014, 6:05 GMT

    @Vijayakrishnan K : In that case, Pollard-Starc provided terrific entertainment and also Bhajji-Sreesanth slapgate. Rules is rules and let the players bide to it. After all, Cricket is not rugby

  • Sayantann on July 16, 2014, 5:59 GMT

    Well, I think India have made the right call here by reporting this incident. Let the law take it's course if Anderson has indeed breached ICC's code of conduct. You surely wouldn't expect someone to get away after being physical with opponent in the cricket field. Even though, I'd missed it in the television but it appears that Anderson has been charged for pushing and verbally abusing Jadeja. Anderson is well within his rights of claiming innocence until he's proven otherwise. India would be immensely happy if the fast bowler is made to sit out couple of test matches because of this. As of now, onus is on the investigation commission to have it's investigations completed at the earliest.

  • on July 16, 2014, 5:51 GMT

    @Vijayakrishnan K on (July 16, 2014, 3:14 GMT):

    Please avoid confusing everyone. What we all SAW was what went on during play, and there you are right. What the Indian team management has complained about is AFTER the play, which was not broadcasted.

    If you were in Nottingham and that too near the players' enclosure, watching the players going back to their dressing rooms, then you have the right to claim what you say. Otherwise, it is mischievous (unwittingly, of course).

    If you were personally there, then please say so; I am willing to apologise for alluding to your unintended mischief.

  • handlingtheball on July 16, 2014, 5:10 GMT

    Seriously India have much bigger concerns than a minor scuffle. Test cricket is exactly that a Test of character and if you're too busy worrying about the opposition then you shouldn't play. Absolutely absurd! Toughen up India

  • TheMysteryMan on July 16, 2014, 4:55 GMT

    @Mickey Cricket. The code of conduct is applicable for on and off field behaviour of the player during the cricket match. As long as any of this happened during the match, ICC will look into it. Also you can see Dhoni trying to talk to Anderson and other players on English side. I don't remember who they were at the moment. You cannot have code of conduct in place and just ignore verbal or physical abuse of other team members. You simply cant. It is just inviting more. Nobody deserves that. And nobody should be allowed to get away with it either. We will know the facts when the inquiry is complete. Until proven guilty, Anderson remains a innocent man. At the same time Indian management is not stupid to bring these serious charges without there being some reason. We will see what happens.

  • balajik1968 on July 16, 2014, 4:21 GMT

    Let's just hope this doesn't get ugly like the Symonds incident.

  • on July 16, 2014, 3:46 GMT

    It's a good chance for England to see how they do without him...

  • xtrafalgarx on July 16, 2014, 3:29 GMT

    Looks like England will need to draft in another batsman into the squad.

  • on July 16, 2014, 3:14 GMT

    This wasn't needed at all in my opinion. I watched the whole thing and didn't spot anything warranting an official complaint from India. Anderson getting on Jadeja's nerves provided for plenty of entertainment. You could clearly see an increase in Jadeja's determination to stay there. And then Anderson deservingly won the battle in the end - all providing for good test cricket entertainment.

  • ammiel on July 15, 2014, 23:37 GMT

    i dont think england can replace anderson with anyone that will be effective! broad and anderson are easily their best bowlers with noone else close to their class, without either broad or anderson the Ashes could have been even more embarrsement!!!!

  • on July 15, 2014, 22:12 GMT

    Some questions before passing judgement ... What was said during the altercation ? Why did deb wait till the end of the test to complain? Why didn't Dhoni approach cook to sort it out then and there ? Who were the other witnesses apart from players and team management ? Why create a fuss off field when you have your on field performance do the talking ?

  • geoffboyc on July 15, 2014, 21:29 GMT

    England were "expecting to win 5-0? Who are you kidding? They wouldn't "expect"that against some of the associate countries at the moment. And of course Vishi Venkat was in the pavilion and saw the incident. India make a complaint so it must be true. So much for being innocent until proved guilty! I always knew that was an outdated concept.

  • on July 15, 2014, 21:14 GMT

    innocent until proven guilty. lets wait and see how it develops, we dont know what is going to emerge yet

  • SP123 on July 15, 2014, 20:24 GMT

    This is interesting.... I am all for a thorough investigation and due punishment. It would be sad if Anderson is sat out, but then if that's what is deserved, then so be it.

    The interesting drama to watch is how ICC handles this. Who has the bigger muscle, BCCI or ECB? Alternatively, will there be other financial concessions made between the two boards to have their way in this incident?

    PS: I saw the two of them walking off, chirping at each other and Dhoni stepping in between nearer the ropes. I did not notice anything physical.

  • on July 15, 2014, 20:22 GMT

    Well I think it's a stupid thing to punish them for especially that seriously other sports, a push would either be a yellow card or be fine. I mean giving someone a slight push unless he is running between wickets or collecting the ball isn't going to change the course of the game. If anything I would say it's bad sportsmanship from Jadeja he is probably just wanting our best bowler and in form no.11 out of the way.

  • dhchdh on July 15, 2014, 20:12 GMT

    Anderson has displayed the emotions of a sportsman coming to an end of his/her career. ...what was he thinking? The Indians will not let go of any opportunity to blunt the bowling attack

  • on July 15, 2014, 20:00 GMT

    I don't see the issue here. This has come about after the Test match as opposed to in the middle of the game. Surely there would've been some altercations taken during the incident there and then. This doesn't seem to have been handled very well, and that's assuming Anderson is guilty here. Hopefully common sense will prevail and both parties are told to buck-up. The last thing India want to do is sour already soured relations with England.

  • FSL2013 on July 15, 2014, 19:25 GMT

    Unless ICC can get some feedback from ICC officials on the field or some video footage I doubt they will hand down ban to Anderson because Indian team thinks he acted this way. If Anderson makes similar claim and English team supports him what will happen? Both of them will get banned or both of them will get acquitted?

  • on July 15, 2014, 19:25 GMT

    Seems odd that this has taken best part of 5 days to surface - if this was such a serious incident, surely it would have been reported sooner?

  • SanjivAwesome on July 15, 2014, 19:24 GMT

    Some needle is good for cricket fans - last time we toured England, all our players were so meek, polite and humble - and they got drubbed.

  • AshesErnie on July 15, 2014, 19:11 GMT

    Are we all getting a bit too precious here? Get on with the game.

  • DaveGCI on July 15, 2014, 18:57 GMT

    Hypothetical siuation here. If Anderson is found not guilty, what does that say about all cricket, Indian cricket in particular?

  • SRAM20 on July 15, 2014, 18:51 GMT

    Ban on Anderson would be a big blow for England. Ban on Jadeja would actually help India. So either way, this is a win-win situation for India.

  • soumyas on July 15, 2014, 18:23 GMT

    Let them ban Jadeja, Ashwin will play and Binny will stay, no matter how bad Jadeja performs Dhoni will not let him go. So it will be a blessing in disguise for India.

  • Rockon21 on July 15, 2014, 18:03 GMT

    Let's hope Jadeja is not banned and India are forced to play Ashwin. That would be bad news for England.

  • on July 15, 2014, 17:53 GMT

    Bad Blood between the two teams. Englad were expecting to win 5-0 and that dream is broken.

  • FlashAsh on July 15, 2014, 17:48 GMT

    Anderson should only receive same treatment as Gambhir if found to be guilty of the offence? And presumably also Jadeja also?

    Seems to me if umpires haven't reported it its going to descend into "He said she said" and end in neither side being content with the verdict.

    Looks like ENG will get a chance to rest Jimmy without upsetting him!!

  • on July 15, 2014, 17:26 GMT

    Aww man, I hope we don't lose our best batsman :(

  • rocket_rocket on July 15, 2014, 17:25 GMT

    Both the boards being immature here and hope both sides resolve the issues unlike school children who complain to their teacher.Also I think this should spice things up from this thursday.

  • on July 15, 2014, 17:23 GMT

    Would like to believe that Andreson will receive the same treatment as Gambhir. Gambhir was banned so should Anderson

  • on July 15, 2014, 17:23 GMT

    If found guilty, what a blow that would be to England. He might miss atleast 2 of the test matches. Well I wish no ban

  • ditsele on July 15, 2014, 17:17 GMT

    Was any mention of this made anywhere in the world at the time? Pardon my ignorance if it was.

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  • ditsele on July 15, 2014, 17:17 GMT

    Was any mention of this made anywhere in the world at the time? Pardon my ignorance if it was.

  • on July 15, 2014, 17:23 GMT

    If found guilty, what a blow that would be to England. He might miss atleast 2 of the test matches. Well I wish no ban

  • on July 15, 2014, 17:23 GMT

    Would like to believe that Andreson will receive the same treatment as Gambhir. Gambhir was banned so should Anderson

  • rocket_rocket on July 15, 2014, 17:25 GMT

    Both the boards being immature here and hope both sides resolve the issues unlike school children who complain to their teacher.Also I think this should spice things up from this thursday.

  • on July 15, 2014, 17:26 GMT

    Aww man, I hope we don't lose our best batsman :(

  • FlashAsh on July 15, 2014, 17:48 GMT

    Anderson should only receive same treatment as Gambhir if found to be guilty of the offence? And presumably also Jadeja also?

    Seems to me if umpires haven't reported it its going to descend into "He said she said" and end in neither side being content with the verdict.

    Looks like ENG will get a chance to rest Jimmy without upsetting him!!

  • on July 15, 2014, 17:53 GMT

    Bad Blood between the two teams. Englad were expecting to win 5-0 and that dream is broken.

  • Rockon21 on July 15, 2014, 18:03 GMT

    Let's hope Jadeja is not banned and India are forced to play Ashwin. That would be bad news for England.

  • soumyas on July 15, 2014, 18:23 GMT

    Let them ban Jadeja, Ashwin will play and Binny will stay, no matter how bad Jadeja performs Dhoni will not let him go. So it will be a blessing in disguise for India.

  • SRAM20 on July 15, 2014, 18:51 GMT

    Ban on Anderson would be a big blow for England. Ban on Jadeja would actually help India. So either way, this is a win-win situation for India.