India in England 2014 July 16, 2014

Anderson charge is India 'tactic' - Cook

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England's captain Alastair Cook has dismissed allegations made against James Anderson by the Indian team as "a tactic" designed to sideline him in the Investec Test series.

Anderson, the England swing bowler, has been charged with a Level 3 offence under the terms of the ICC's code of conduct following an incident on the second day of the Trent Bridge Test in which he is alleged to have become involved in an off-field altercation with India allrounder Ravindra Jadeja. If the charge is upheld, Anderson could be suspended for anything up to four Tests.

Cook expressed surprise that the exchange had generated such a serious response, describing it as "a big mountain out of a molehill".

Instead, despite admitting he did not see the incident, Cook suggested that India might be exaggerating the seriousness of it in order that Anderson could be forced out of the series.

He also insisted that he would not be asking Anderson to tone down his behaviour and suggested his leading fast bowler was probably at his best when he is emotionally involved in the game.

"It is probably a tactic from India," Cook said. "He is a stalwart of our side and he is an outstanding bowler with a fantastic record."

Asked whether the nub of the incident was India's desire "not to have Anderson in the England team," Cook replied: "Yes, I think so. That's pretty much where this has come from. Hopefully we get the ball swinging and James Anderson will want to let his cricket do the talking."

The problem for Anderson and England is that he has not always been happy to let only his cricket do the talking. Cook admitted that the latest incident could be the result of mounting irritation at Anderson's sledging of opposition batsmen, but added that any charge should be judged solely on the incident at issue.

"We're surprised it has come to this situation," he said. "We're surprised it's a Level 3 incident. It's a big mountain out of a molehill, if I'm being totally honest. But I will sound a bit like Arsene Wenger and say I didn't see it. I genuinely didn't.

"I don't think I'll tell him to tone it down. We have a responsibility as players never to cross the line. In the heat of battle, with emotions up, there have probably been situations in everyone's career where they look back and say 'I wish I hadn't done that.' But I don't think that is the case here.

"I like it when Jimmy is in that battle. I know he is up for it; he is desperate to do well for England and people watching get behind him and see a very competitive guy and I think they enjoy it."

Cook and his India counterpart, MS Dhoni, now find themselves in charge of a potentially fractious Test series. "I hope it won't sour relations," Cook said. "Both MS Dhoni and I have a responsibility as captains to make sure we control our players and not to let that happen. We have a responsibility to people watching and a responsibility under the ICC rules. I think it will make for good viewing."

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on July 20, 2014, 7:04 GMT

    Anderson don't have control over players under him.poor captain comes to defend after issue happened

  • JaranNirsi on July 18, 2014, 19:56 GMT

    So this is how the cookie crumbles... Pathetic batting, uninspiring leadership, and baseless accusations at his opposite number, followed by a statement that the two captains are responsible for maintaining harmony between the two teams during the remainder of the series. Wonder why England persist with Cook. And don't they have a better 'keeper? Really? Anderson is still a great swing bowler, in English conditions. He will be taken to the cleaners in india/Sri Lanka just as he was down under.

  • on July 18, 2014, 3:58 GMT

    @Deuce03 : Mitchell Johnson started his career in a team that was in patchy form, played in a lot of losing tests and consistently picked even when out of form. His average is less than 30.

  • Deuce03 on July 17, 2014, 17:21 GMT

    @Front_Foot_Lunge etc. How has such a poor bowler got Tendulkar out more times than anyone else? Or amassed such good records over the last four-five years? Or taken 4-54 against India today? If you look at his career trajectory he averaged over 35 or so for the first few years then well under 30 for the last four. Yes, he was, or could be, a poor bowler for several years, but that doesn't reflect his current ability, because mean average is a blunt measure. He's among the very best fast bowlers around at the moment and has been for some time.

  • wolf777 on July 17, 2014, 14:07 GMT

    This is a lame defense. He should first want to see the evidence. If the incident in fact happened as alleged, it shows Cook's leadership failure. He has to control his players so that he does not lose a senior player to such incident.

  • on July 17, 2014, 14:00 GMT

    This might not be a big issue, but I guess Alastair Cook is also taking it in the wrong direction. Its outrageous to suggest that this is being done to oust Anderson from the series. Is he such a dangerous bowler or does it suggest that other bowlers are lesser than him? In that case India shouldn't have come to England at all. Lol. My own opinion is to let go off this issue so that we can enjoy the series to the fullest. We would prefer to win against the strongest bowling team coz that will be more satisfying for any team representing their country.

  • Chanred on July 17, 2014, 13:42 GMT

    Cook's statement is under estimating India's batting prowess and Exaggerating Anderson's effectiveness in much the same way as he is exaggerating his own captaincy skills and batting form. Step down skip, both as capt and opener.

  • balajik1968 on July 17, 2014, 8:07 GMT

    I did not expect Cook to be so lacking in tact. His comments after the Buttler incident; now this. He is souring up the relationship with the other team; first SL, now India. If he continues like this, he could end up rubbing every other team the wrong way. The English management had better tell Cook to watch his words.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge-Needs-A-Hug on July 17, 2014, 7:46 GMT

    @duece03, nonsense. Lara never played in a particularly strong team and his stats look pretty good. Likewise KP has the honour of 2 Ashes whitewashes on his CV and he went alright. The Flower brothers did alright too. Anderson has a mediocre average because he is mediocre. His returns for the last 12 months have been poor. He started his career poorly because he was poor. Recently, tail Enders have been dispatching him for sixes into the crowd. Any questions?

  • KrisDonald on July 17, 2014, 6:14 GMT

    @Blal If the win would have no meaning, then England's last win against India in England has no meaning since Zaheer got injured on the first day of the first test

  • on July 20, 2014, 7:04 GMT

    Anderson don't have control over players under him.poor captain comes to defend after issue happened

  • JaranNirsi on July 18, 2014, 19:56 GMT

    So this is how the cookie crumbles... Pathetic batting, uninspiring leadership, and baseless accusations at his opposite number, followed by a statement that the two captains are responsible for maintaining harmony between the two teams during the remainder of the series. Wonder why England persist with Cook. And don't they have a better 'keeper? Really? Anderson is still a great swing bowler, in English conditions. He will be taken to the cleaners in india/Sri Lanka just as he was down under.

  • on July 18, 2014, 3:58 GMT

    @Deuce03 : Mitchell Johnson started his career in a team that was in patchy form, played in a lot of losing tests and consistently picked even when out of form. His average is less than 30.

  • Deuce03 on July 17, 2014, 17:21 GMT

    @Front_Foot_Lunge etc. How has such a poor bowler got Tendulkar out more times than anyone else? Or amassed such good records over the last four-five years? Or taken 4-54 against India today? If you look at his career trajectory he averaged over 35 or so for the first few years then well under 30 for the last four. Yes, he was, or could be, a poor bowler for several years, but that doesn't reflect his current ability, because mean average is a blunt measure. He's among the very best fast bowlers around at the moment and has been for some time.

  • wolf777 on July 17, 2014, 14:07 GMT

    This is a lame defense. He should first want to see the evidence. If the incident in fact happened as alleged, it shows Cook's leadership failure. He has to control his players so that he does not lose a senior player to such incident.

  • on July 17, 2014, 14:00 GMT

    This might not be a big issue, but I guess Alastair Cook is also taking it in the wrong direction. Its outrageous to suggest that this is being done to oust Anderson from the series. Is he such a dangerous bowler or does it suggest that other bowlers are lesser than him? In that case India shouldn't have come to England at all. Lol. My own opinion is to let go off this issue so that we can enjoy the series to the fullest. We would prefer to win against the strongest bowling team coz that will be more satisfying for any team representing their country.

  • Chanred on July 17, 2014, 13:42 GMT

    Cook's statement is under estimating India's batting prowess and Exaggerating Anderson's effectiveness in much the same way as he is exaggerating his own captaincy skills and batting form. Step down skip, both as capt and opener.

  • balajik1968 on July 17, 2014, 8:07 GMT

    I did not expect Cook to be so lacking in tact. His comments after the Buttler incident; now this. He is souring up the relationship with the other team; first SL, now India. If he continues like this, he could end up rubbing every other team the wrong way. The English management had better tell Cook to watch his words.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge-Needs-A-Hug on July 17, 2014, 7:46 GMT

    @duece03, nonsense. Lara never played in a particularly strong team and his stats look pretty good. Likewise KP has the honour of 2 Ashes whitewashes on his CV and he went alright. The Flower brothers did alright too. Anderson has a mediocre average because he is mediocre. His returns for the last 12 months have been poor. He started his career poorly because he was poor. Recently, tail Enders have been dispatching him for sixes into the crowd. Any questions?

  • KrisDonald on July 17, 2014, 6:14 GMT

    @Blal If the win would have no meaning, then England's last win against India in England has no meaning since Zaheer got injured on the first day of the first test

  • joseyesu on July 17, 2014, 5:48 GMT

    By winniing this test series, india is not going to get any additional supporter. Definitly Eng with Anderson is a far better side. People want to follow good model and definitely not anderson on this.

  • Deuce03 on July 17, 2014, 5:02 GMT

    rajagopalann: And this is why career statistics are often bunk. Anderson played a lot of Tests when he was young and the team was poor, which left him with a very high average which will never reflect how good a bowler he is now. In the last four-five years Anderson's taken more wickets than anyone, and the only fast bowlers with meaningfully better records are Steyn, Philander and Ryan Harris. And over that time Anderson's taken not far off twice as many wickets as Philander and Harris, depending on exactly which period you look at.

  • on July 17, 2014, 4:54 GMT

    @Francis Mel, very good question... Cook's mind seems to be muddled in general. On one hand he says that he didn't witness the incident and on the other he is saying India did this to bring down a "stalwart". And to think England reported Jadeja a good few days after the test, begs the question who is trying to play gamesmanship, here?

  • cvenka on July 17, 2014, 4:44 GMT

    Mr Cook, You have been a captain for some years & what do you expect from an opposition captain to do when an opportunity to throw out your best bowler lands in his lap? Just give him pep talk not to do these things again? Funny way of thinking by cook.... Why do you first give this chance, pl explain mr cook... Any smart captain would be waiting for a thing like this & it is yr duty to safe guard your so called 'stalwart' of yr side by keeping him under check

  • Fast_Track_Bully on July 17, 2014, 4:13 GMT

    ICC needs to consider the history of each player to know about their behaviour.

  • DakotaFellow on July 17, 2014, 3:49 GMT

    Mr.Cook, do you like pushing aside while on the field or off the field? No big deal?

  • pitch_curator on July 17, 2014, 2:43 GMT

    If India's tactics were to keep the best player of opposition out of the game, then there are better ways of doing it. Bell was clearly run out last time but was recalled and there were much bigger stakes including the # 1 ranking at stake then. Cook is barely able to hang on to the England captaincy and he knows fully well that without Anderson his chances of winning come down by 50%. In contrast, the expectations are lesser on the young Indian team and fans are only epxecting a good performance. MSD is not at risk of losing his captaincy. Who is the one who is more insecure here? Why is Cook commenting about an incident he has not even seen? Ridiculous.

  • on July 17, 2014, 2:38 GMT

    Cookie, I know you have to back your player, but point is there was a physical contact made by Anderson and no matter what this is not allowed in our sport. You can call it minor what it is no minor than Warner trying his punches on Root. You touch opponent mildly or you punch it hard? Where will you draw the line with what force it was done?

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on July 17, 2014, 1:51 GMT

    Cook is turning out to be one of the worst captain's England ever had. He admitted that he didn't see it. But his opposite number known for his mild manners is saying that there is physical contact.

  • kalyanbk on July 17, 2014, 1:12 GMT

    It is disappointing to see the captain of an international team suggest that the rival captain is leveling charges of physical contact as a tactic to oust an opposition player. Dhoni has been the Indian captain for many years and in many cases has actually been magnanimous and cool and accusing him of using such a tactic is not cricket. The actual incident may or may not be serious however making such statements and allegations over the media leaves a poor taste.

  • jimmyvida on July 17, 2014, 1:12 GMT

    Cookie boy, I'm with you on this one. Neither of us saw the incident. Need support, I am there. I'll just fly over from the American continent. It just could not have happened. If it did, one of us would have certainly seen it.

  • rajagopalann on July 17, 2014, 1:04 GMT

    cook is humorous.If he feel Anderson is a very good bowler,let him see his average.His average is 30.50 per wicket and strike rate is 59.2.If he is the best, I pity the strength of their bowling.If he is world class,he might not have allowed Indian tails to prolong in both innings even in a dead pitch.In more dead pitches,Marshell,Holding and other world class bowlers took wicktes.

  • Coolcapricorn on July 16, 2014, 22:42 GMT

    Totally wrong for Cook to suggest this is merely an Indian tactic to have an easier ride by getting Anderson banned from the England team. MSD is an honest & principled character, never been involved in any controversy & is only going by what he saw with his own eyes in this incident. Anyway hopefully justice will be done soon & we can all get back to talking just about the cricket on the field.

  • on July 16, 2014, 22:41 GMT

    a little bit aggression is necessary in cricket, leave them alone they will handle their self why do you confuse yourself.

  • Divinetouch on July 16, 2014, 22:13 GMT

    Please le us know when the charge was brought by England against Jadeja.

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on July 16, 2014, 22:03 GMT

    I'm afraid things've gone too far already.And with both sides adamant with their versions and vehemently sticking to their guns.We could be in for fractitious series what with 4 tests to play.Only +ve is to see if Jimmy adds couple of mph,bit more swing.

  • on July 16, 2014, 21:26 GMT

    I want to ask Cook a simple question. Why report Jadeja for a level 2 offence if the whole matter is case of India making a mountain out of a molehill?

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  • on July 16, 2014, 21:26 GMT

    I want to ask Cook a simple question. Why report Jadeja for a level 2 offence if the whole matter is case of India making a mountain out of a molehill?

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on July 16, 2014, 22:03 GMT

    I'm afraid things've gone too far already.And with both sides adamant with their versions and vehemently sticking to their guns.We could be in for fractitious series what with 4 tests to play.Only +ve is to see if Jimmy adds couple of mph,bit more swing.

  • Divinetouch on July 16, 2014, 22:13 GMT

    Please le us know when the charge was brought by England against Jadeja.

  • on July 16, 2014, 22:41 GMT

    a little bit aggression is necessary in cricket, leave them alone they will handle their self why do you confuse yourself.

  • Coolcapricorn on July 16, 2014, 22:42 GMT

    Totally wrong for Cook to suggest this is merely an Indian tactic to have an easier ride by getting Anderson banned from the England team. MSD is an honest & principled character, never been involved in any controversy & is only going by what he saw with his own eyes in this incident. Anyway hopefully justice will be done soon & we can all get back to talking just about the cricket on the field.

  • rajagopalann on July 17, 2014, 1:04 GMT

    cook is humorous.If he feel Anderson is a very good bowler,let him see his average.His average is 30.50 per wicket and strike rate is 59.2.If he is the best, I pity the strength of their bowling.If he is world class,he might not have allowed Indian tails to prolong in both innings even in a dead pitch.In more dead pitches,Marshell,Holding and other world class bowlers took wicktes.

  • jimmyvida on July 17, 2014, 1:12 GMT

    Cookie boy, I'm with you on this one. Neither of us saw the incident. Need support, I am there. I'll just fly over from the American continent. It just could not have happened. If it did, one of us would have certainly seen it.

  • kalyanbk on July 17, 2014, 1:12 GMT

    It is disappointing to see the captain of an international team suggest that the rival captain is leveling charges of physical contact as a tactic to oust an opposition player. Dhoni has been the Indian captain for many years and in many cases has actually been magnanimous and cool and accusing him of using such a tactic is not cricket. The actual incident may or may not be serious however making such statements and allegations over the media leaves a poor taste.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on July 17, 2014, 1:51 GMT

    Cook is turning out to be one of the worst captain's England ever had. He admitted that he didn't see it. But his opposite number known for his mild manners is saying that there is physical contact.

  • on July 17, 2014, 2:38 GMT

    Cookie, I know you have to back your player, but point is there was a physical contact made by Anderson and no matter what this is not allowed in our sport. You can call it minor what it is no minor than Warner trying his punches on Root. You touch opponent mildly or you punch it hard? Where will you draw the line with what force it was done?