India in England 2014 August 1, 2014

India dismay at Anderson verdict

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'Anderson must question his behaviour'

India are shocked that James Anderson has been found not guilty in the Trent Bridge incident involving Ravindra Jadeja, but the case boiled down to one team's word against the other when it became clear crucial video evidence was not available.

The alleged pushing incident took place in the only small corridor that was not monitored by the ICC's Anti Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) cameras, a fact the BCCI is now likely to raise with the ICC. There was no video evidence presented by the ICC, who was prosecuting Anderson in this case, to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Anderson had pushed Jadeja without provocation. However, once the BCCI had laid the charge, the ICC had no option but to take up the case against Anderson.

Anderson has admitted to pushing Jadeja - by the fact that the ECB did not contest that element of Jadeja's initial hearing - but his case rested on his version that he acted in self-defence after Jadeja allegedly turned around aggressively towards him. The BCCI lawyers were present at the hearing, but they were allowed to cross-examine the witnesses only in the appeal against the guilty verdict for Jadeja, which they got overturned successfully.

England added Stuart Broad to the witnesses that appeared in the Jadeja hearing: Matt Prior and Ben Stokes. India had their physiotherapist, Evan Speechly, present at the case in addition to Gautam Gambhir and R Ashwin. The hearing went on for over six hours, but some of the time went into sorting technical glitches with the judicial commissioner Gordon Lewis sitting in on the hearing via video link from Australia.

The incident happened as the players were walking off for lunch on the second day of the Trent Bridge Test. In the last over before lunch, Jadeja had survived an appeal for a catch at the wicket off the bowling of Anderson, after which the bowler was seen having a word with Jadeja. The chirping continued on the way back to the pavilion. The players walked up the stairs through the crowd, then into a narrow corridor - where the incident is said to have happened - and then through a staircase into the individual changing rooms.

The ICC's ACSU camera captured the players walking up the stairs through the crowd, and Speechly coming down the staircase from the dressing room with Dhoni at the edge of the steps. The said video was played at the hearing. However, there is no footage from the corridor that connects the two staircases. Witnesses present at the hearing confirmed that the incident took place in that corridor. The BCCI is going to take up with the ICC the issue of this area not being covered by the ACSU, but ESPNcricinfo could not independently verify if this corridor indeed is a Players and Match Officials (PMO) area, which has to be monitored by the ICC.

There was a camera in place there, but it is not clear if the camera was the ICC's or Nottinghamshire's or the host broadcaster's. At times in England, during the Lord's Test against South Africa in 2012 for example, Sky TV has shown players walking out from just outside their dressing room all the way through the long room and corridors and onto the field. The commissioner heard that the said camera at Trent Bridge was not working that day. The BCCI is likely to pursue this issue.

At the current moment, the fact remains that there is no video evidence of what happened in the corridor. That being the case, it all came down to one team's word against the other. India remained adamant that Jadeja was not at fault, and that he did not turn around aggressively, and was only reacting to abuse from Anderson. That was the reason why they appealed the earlier guilty verdict against Jadeja, and got it overturned.

Anderson admitted to having had an altercation with Jadeja, but contended he did so in self-defence. The witnesses put up by England were consistent in their response. They were called in to testify separately, and ESPNcricinfo understands their versions were almost identical.

A detailed judgement is yet to be delivered, and the BCCI refused to comment until it had seen the detailed verdict. However, it has no right to appeal because it was the ICC's case once the charge was laid. The only man who has the right to appeal now is Dave Richardson, the ICC CEO.

If he does appeal, the ICC's legal head will appoint an Appeal Panel comprising three members from the ICC's Code of Conduct commission. However, Lewis' decision will remain in effect while under appeal, unless the Appeal Panel orders otherwise.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • IndianSRTfan on August 4, 2014, 18:57 GMT

    @whirlaway: "India's "pace" attack is no match or the likes of Anderson, Broad, Finn and Woakes" That's true enough and hence it makes more sense to prepare a flat track with a little bit of assistance where bowlers with pace can make a difference (Rose Bowl) rather than one that offers extravagant help to the bowlers (Lord's). So if England prepare another strip like Lord's, India would be equally happy.

    You seem very keen to point out that India's top bowlers in this series are either injured or "dog tired". Might I point out that Broad is carrying an injury and has looked off colour, Plunket is already out and Anderson and Broad are on 1 and 3 in the list of most overs bowled in this series and hence likely to be equally, if not more, tired? After these two England are left with Woakes and Finn. Woakes has played one match, hardly set the world on fire, and Finn is making a comeback and known to have confidence issues. In such circumstances, I'd be hardly dismissing the opposition.

  • whirlaway on August 4, 2014, 14:53 GMT

    @ IndianSRTfan: "I don't think England will, and rightfully so, risk another pitch like Lord's. "

    I believe the pitch for the 4th Test will be more like the one at Lord's than any of the other two we have seen so far. The bowler who got them out at Lord's in the second innings (Sharma) is out of action, and the other bowler who took wickets in the first innings (Kumar) is probably injured and if not injured, is certainly dog-tired now. The rest of the Indian "pace" attack is in the hands of Singh, Aaron, Pandey, Shami etc., who are no match for the likes of Anderson, Broad, Finn and Woakes.

  • IndianSRTfan on August 4, 2014, 13:21 GMT

    @JG2704: Yup after Lord's India had all the momentum. We lost pretty comprehensively still. So at Old Trafford, both these teams will have to start anew and push for a victory as it is the only way to go. I'm hoping for a pitch with bounce in it at least as I don't think England will, and rightfully so, risk another pitch like Lord's.

    I think you are right about Rohit's selection in that it was understandable as Binny didn't do or promise much. I still think India needs two spinners and three fast bowlers in the team. That would mean Dhoni playing at 6 but we would have Ashwin, Jadeja, and Bhuvi (if he plays) at 7-9. That's batting enough for me!

    Re Swann's replacement, I think it will be almost impossible to find another one like him. Moeen is doing a good job but you're right he won't run through lineups like he did at Rose Bowl. England's fast bowling depth though looks very good. And Buttler's addition imo is just what they needed. Too many accumulators otherwise.

  • Not_Another_Keybored_Expert on August 4, 2014, 9:19 GMT

    Robson isn't up to test level yet he need to go sought out his technique especially against the ball wide of off stump, its time to bring root back up to open, Where is Compton these day?

  • kumarcoolbuddy on August 4, 2014, 0:45 GMT

    @USA_Res, well when I say ENG was kind of fortunate I didn't really mean to take the credit of ENG players. ENG bowlers definitely bowled well but that was not all. There were many Indian fielding errs and bad umpiring which were crucial. many irresponsible shots and runouts from Indian batsmen made me to say it was a Indian batting failure. It also showed their inexperience. If it wasn't irresponsible batting why do you think Indian batsmen fell for spin who are really good at? Just because Indian batting couldn't score doesn't make a slow/flat pitch lively one. BTW why do you think spinners from both sides got so many wickets on this pitch?

  • whirlaway on August 3, 2014, 13:58 GMT

    @sweetspot: The problem with your argument is that those bad performances by England bowlers occurred years ago, and in a different format of cricket. Contrast that with the problems that the Indian bowlers are having - their injuries, exhaustion and lack of form are happening right here and right now.

  • StJohn on August 3, 2014, 11:54 GMT

    I've read comment elsewhere that fans want to watch teams going hard at each other, including sledging. I don't agree. Fans want to watch good, competitive cricket for sure. But the sledging, the narkiness - it doesn't enhance the game and just undermines it. It is unnecessary, unbecoming and it's long overdue that cricket boards, umpires and the ICC take a much tougher line against this unsportsmanlike behaviour.

    As for Anderson, he's such a fine bowler he really should just leave his bowling to do the talking. Please.

  • sweetspot on August 3, 2014, 8:52 GMT

    @whirlaway - England's pace attack is spearheaded by two guys, one of who is the only bowler on the international circuit who got hit for six sixers in one over, and another who went for 94 in 10 overs against Bangladesh. So what?

    It is this same Indian attack that defeated England not so long ago. Records don't mean anything. It is who performs on a given day that matters.

  • JG2704 on August 3, 2014, 4:47 GMT

    @IndianSRTfan on (August 3, 2014, 3:17 GMT) Thanks alot bud. Re momentum - I disagree that it means squat as I think any team would rather have it , but it is certainly not the be all and end all. If the next pitch is a turner India could have the advantage if they add Ashwin to the side. There's no way Ali is a frontline spinner despite the 2nd inns figures and I'd say long term Eng have major issue with the loss of Swann. Re India's team selection for the 2nd test - I can see why Rohit was chosen ahead of Binney as it would make the batting stronger and looking at the overs Binney bowled it's hard to justify him on his bowling but maybe it gave the batsmen a false sense of security re the depth?

  • IndianSRTfan on August 3, 2014, 3:17 GMT

    @JG2704: As always, very sensibly put. By and large most of the posts this time have been balanced from both sets of fans. I agree that these two teams will need a considerable time before they can start vying for the top spot in test rankings.

    India's bowling attack remains moderate although there's some good news there with some decent, if inexperienced, young bowlers competing for spaces. I don't recall a time in recent past where we had a selection of 6-7 fast bowlers to select from. Ironically it's the lack of quality spinners that is serious.

    England on the other hand has an extremely inexperienced batting barring two, that'll take some time to be successful in all conditions. Likes of Ballance, Root, Ali, Robson, Buttler will need serious improvements to their techniques when they play on turners in India and face pace attacks of SA, AUS even NZ on fast seaming tracks.

    But both teams are largely made up of young talent that, if handled properly, will be exciting to watch.

  • IndianSRTfan on August 4, 2014, 18:57 GMT

    @whirlaway: "India's "pace" attack is no match or the likes of Anderson, Broad, Finn and Woakes" That's true enough and hence it makes more sense to prepare a flat track with a little bit of assistance where bowlers with pace can make a difference (Rose Bowl) rather than one that offers extravagant help to the bowlers (Lord's). So if England prepare another strip like Lord's, India would be equally happy.

    You seem very keen to point out that India's top bowlers in this series are either injured or "dog tired". Might I point out that Broad is carrying an injury and has looked off colour, Plunket is already out and Anderson and Broad are on 1 and 3 in the list of most overs bowled in this series and hence likely to be equally, if not more, tired? After these two England are left with Woakes and Finn. Woakes has played one match, hardly set the world on fire, and Finn is making a comeback and known to have confidence issues. In such circumstances, I'd be hardly dismissing the opposition.

  • whirlaway on August 4, 2014, 14:53 GMT

    @ IndianSRTfan: "I don't think England will, and rightfully so, risk another pitch like Lord's. "

    I believe the pitch for the 4th Test will be more like the one at Lord's than any of the other two we have seen so far. The bowler who got them out at Lord's in the second innings (Sharma) is out of action, and the other bowler who took wickets in the first innings (Kumar) is probably injured and if not injured, is certainly dog-tired now. The rest of the Indian "pace" attack is in the hands of Singh, Aaron, Pandey, Shami etc., who are no match for the likes of Anderson, Broad, Finn and Woakes.

  • IndianSRTfan on August 4, 2014, 13:21 GMT

    @JG2704: Yup after Lord's India had all the momentum. We lost pretty comprehensively still. So at Old Trafford, both these teams will have to start anew and push for a victory as it is the only way to go. I'm hoping for a pitch with bounce in it at least as I don't think England will, and rightfully so, risk another pitch like Lord's.

    I think you are right about Rohit's selection in that it was understandable as Binny didn't do or promise much. I still think India needs two spinners and three fast bowlers in the team. That would mean Dhoni playing at 6 but we would have Ashwin, Jadeja, and Bhuvi (if he plays) at 7-9. That's batting enough for me!

    Re Swann's replacement, I think it will be almost impossible to find another one like him. Moeen is doing a good job but you're right he won't run through lineups like he did at Rose Bowl. England's fast bowling depth though looks very good. And Buttler's addition imo is just what they needed. Too many accumulators otherwise.

  • Not_Another_Keybored_Expert on August 4, 2014, 9:19 GMT

    Robson isn't up to test level yet he need to go sought out his technique especially against the ball wide of off stump, its time to bring root back up to open, Where is Compton these day?

  • kumarcoolbuddy on August 4, 2014, 0:45 GMT

    @USA_Res, well when I say ENG was kind of fortunate I didn't really mean to take the credit of ENG players. ENG bowlers definitely bowled well but that was not all. There were many Indian fielding errs and bad umpiring which were crucial. many irresponsible shots and runouts from Indian batsmen made me to say it was a Indian batting failure. It also showed their inexperience. If it wasn't irresponsible batting why do you think Indian batsmen fell for spin who are really good at? Just because Indian batting couldn't score doesn't make a slow/flat pitch lively one. BTW why do you think spinners from both sides got so many wickets on this pitch?

  • whirlaway on August 3, 2014, 13:58 GMT

    @sweetspot: The problem with your argument is that those bad performances by England bowlers occurred years ago, and in a different format of cricket. Contrast that with the problems that the Indian bowlers are having - their injuries, exhaustion and lack of form are happening right here and right now.

  • StJohn on August 3, 2014, 11:54 GMT

    I've read comment elsewhere that fans want to watch teams going hard at each other, including sledging. I don't agree. Fans want to watch good, competitive cricket for sure. But the sledging, the narkiness - it doesn't enhance the game and just undermines it. It is unnecessary, unbecoming and it's long overdue that cricket boards, umpires and the ICC take a much tougher line against this unsportsmanlike behaviour.

    As for Anderson, he's such a fine bowler he really should just leave his bowling to do the talking. Please.

  • sweetspot on August 3, 2014, 8:52 GMT

    @whirlaway - England's pace attack is spearheaded by two guys, one of who is the only bowler on the international circuit who got hit for six sixers in one over, and another who went for 94 in 10 overs against Bangladesh. So what?

    It is this same Indian attack that defeated England not so long ago. Records don't mean anything. It is who performs on a given day that matters.

  • JG2704 on August 3, 2014, 4:47 GMT

    @IndianSRTfan on (August 3, 2014, 3:17 GMT) Thanks alot bud. Re momentum - I disagree that it means squat as I think any team would rather have it , but it is certainly not the be all and end all. If the next pitch is a turner India could have the advantage if they add Ashwin to the side. There's no way Ali is a frontline spinner despite the 2nd inns figures and I'd say long term Eng have major issue with the loss of Swann. Re India's team selection for the 2nd test - I can see why Rohit was chosen ahead of Binney as it would make the batting stronger and looking at the overs Binney bowled it's hard to justify him on his bowling but maybe it gave the batsmen a false sense of security re the depth?

  • IndianSRTfan on August 3, 2014, 3:17 GMT

    @JG2704: As always, very sensibly put. By and large most of the posts this time have been balanced from both sets of fans. I agree that these two teams will need a considerable time before they can start vying for the top spot in test rankings.

    India's bowling attack remains moderate although there's some good news there with some decent, if inexperienced, young bowlers competing for spaces. I don't recall a time in recent past where we had a selection of 6-7 fast bowlers to select from. Ironically it's the lack of quality spinners that is serious.

    England on the other hand has an extremely inexperienced batting barring two, that'll take some time to be successful in all conditions. Likes of Ballance, Root, Ali, Robson, Buttler will need serious improvements to their techniques when they play on turners in India and face pace attacks of SA, AUS even NZ on fast seaming tracks.

    But both teams are largely made up of young talent that, if handled properly, will be exciting to watch.

  • whirlaway on August 3, 2014, 2:51 GMT

    @Mark2Mod0: Yes, momentum matters. But I was talking not so much about momentum when I said to Arun Bose that "England have the advantage". I was referring to - One, the fact that England batsmen have come back into form, esp. skipper Cook. Two, they don't seem to be having the kind of fitness issues that India is now having, esp. with I.Sharma out of the 4th Test as well, and Kumar beginning to look like he needs crutches. Three, India need to be changing a lot more of their players (Dhawan, Kohli/Pujara, R.Sharma, Jadeja, Shami) whereas England will probably need to make just one change (Jordan). Fourth, the resolution of the Jadeja-Anderson issue is more to England's satisfaction while India seems to be upset about it (this may be one reason why they might want to continue with Jadeja even though he deserves to be dropped for performance reasons).

  • whirlaway on August 3, 2014, 2:27 GMT

    @Arun Bose: "India will come very hard on England now...."

    Come hard on England... with what??!! India's leading pace bowler has limped out of the field, another bowler has his tongue hanging out because he is exhausted after 3 Tests, yet another bowler has a bowling average of 73+ Another two bowlers are bits and pieces ODI type bowlers. The only way they will get wickets is if the batsmen gift it to them!

    Then we have a couple of newbie gentle medium pacers, one of whom had a record 0 for 179 debut last week. So, who's left? An offspinner who hasn't had much of a record overseas and a pace bowler who has played just one Test so far.

  • on August 3, 2014, 0:53 GMT

    Forget all this nonsense and get on with the game. We still have two exciting test matches to look forward to and a possibility of Anderson breaking Botham's record. For India it is disappointing Ishant Sharma is not fit which will make their bowling weak. However, their batting is strong and the cricket fans are still waiting for Kholi to make a BIG score.

  • Englishmanabroad on August 2, 2014, 23:51 GMT

    @kumarcoolbuddy>> Unless we were watching two different test matches, there was nothing "...kind of fortunate" In England's victory. India was completely outplayed by England. Neither was there a "...flat/slow pitch", as is show by the fact that England scored 899 runs for only 11 wickets (average of 81.7 per wicket), whereas, India scored only 508 runs for 20 wickets (average of 25.4 per wicket).

    Now you can look at this either from the Indian perspective, where you must conclude that it wasn't just a couple of batting failures, it was total batting failure on the part of India, or it was a total failure of Indian bowling, allowing england to score so many runs, or if you like, taking a wicket only every 82 runs.

    Alternatively, from the English perspective, the Indian Bowling line-up and performance was poor (although Pankaj was very unlucky and deserved better on debut). The English bowling was excellent (except Jordan), afterall, they took 20 wickets.

  • on August 2, 2014, 21:02 GMT

    Both teams should concentrate on Cricket and try to win. India should bat well and put pressure on England. India also need to bowl well, England is known to collapse just like like Indian batting. Let's hope for good cricket. Anderson should stop mouthing, if he did this to WI and AUS or even SA, he will get back what he deserves.

  • JG2704 on August 2, 2014, 20:04 GMT

    @Arun Bose - Why are you making such suppositions re people making excuses and why are you getting so flustered by someone's reasonable comms and where does Landl suggest that England will win the series?

    by saying "Even if this series makes it three series losses in a row by India to England" he is in no way saying/implying that Eng have won the series is he?

    And re "There will be plethora of excuses from you and ur compatriots on why you lost the series "

    Can't speak for all English commentors but Landl and most of our commentors weren't doing this after the previous test and admitted we were outplayed just like most Indian fans have admitted they were outplayed in the last test so not sure why you are generalising us as excuse makers? If we win 3-1 , I wouldn't say we are suddenly world beaters and if your team win 3-1 I'd say the same. Both teams are vulnerable and any balanced fan from either side would admit that. It has been proved already in this series

  • danishsyed88 on August 2, 2014, 18:26 GMT

    Come on. What's done is done. They shouldn't have registered a case in the first place. Would have been better to make themselves heard but not register a case

  • kumarcoolbuddy on August 2, 2014, 17:47 GMT

    @Arun Bose, I think your enthusiasm for India to win is good but there is nothing shameful especially for fans after winning or losing home series. As @landl47 said we don't have to take it so much personal. India was in good form in first 2 matches and ENG gained confidence in 3rd test match. ENG was kind of fortunate winning 3rd test match because after losing Lord's match I think they have decided to go for flat/slow pitch to save themselves but Indian batsmen playing badly was unexpected especially against spinner. Somehow I strongly feel that ENG may go for green pitch for 4th test because they don't have to worry too much as Indian fast bowlers are having fitness problems. Indian batting lineup was over confident and they need to learn how to stay calm and balanced after winning.

  • on August 2, 2014, 15:45 GMT

    @Mark1ModO- No, It doesn't..After Lord's test every known cricket pundit said England is gone and Cook's finished and the momentum is with India but England won the 3rd test comprehensively(I am not one of those Indian fans who will deny or search for any excuse on why England won or how lucky they were like English and other fans said abt India after Lord's test..You win, You win..You lose, You lose is my way to look at results) likewise England may have the momentum but it doesn't mean anything.. Whichever team plays well on a given day wins it.. India will come very hard on England now and England can't be complacent anymore, They need to be on their toes and phalanges and have to be very alert if they have any intention to win this series..If they take India lightly, It will spell doom for them and they won't forget this loss for a long, long time... So don't be complacent and never ever take India lightly as it can surprise you when you least expect them to.. Be alert! #Bleedblue

  • AltafPatel on August 2, 2014, 15:30 GMT

    The series is at interesting stage, let's forget the past and move on, no meaning of unnecessarily stretching issue. After all, it's even because neither side got fine.

  • OhDearieMe on August 2, 2014, 15:07 GMT

    @Arun Bose: This isn't T-20, its test cricket. Momentum matters.

  • on August 2, 2014, 14:35 GMT

    Since the verdict is already given.. BCCI will sure appeal for it.. but what we as an India Fan want to see from Dhoni and his boys is a sweet revenge.. by winning 3-1.. if they do that..as we fans will be as satisfied as winning a World Cup..for the 3rd time..

  • LivingDead on August 2, 2014, 14:31 GMT

    We all saw what happened to Neymar in the world cup when the refree was too lax on fouls. Players got encouraged to take more risks and Neymar suffered a career threatening injury. I like Anderson, and Jadeja has spunk, but some kind of official public warning was in order. Otherwise, it just encourages such behaviour in the name of "hard cricket".

  • on August 2, 2014, 14:28 GMT

    @whirlaway-Momentum doesn't mean squat in any format of cricket.. Momentum was with India after Lord's but what happened in the 3rd test? Likewise Momentum maybe with England at the moment but it can change like England's weather in a jiffy.. Yes, I said India will win this series bcz I saw it.. I saw India losing at Southampton as well and I posted that here at cricinfo in my earlier posts.. I can see the future dude..England will win the ODI series by 3-2(Barring there's no rain interruption in any of those five matches) and India will win the only T20 match...

  • siddhartha87 on August 2, 2014, 14:22 GMT

    Not sure why you miss Viru Gambhir opening pair after their epic failure in England 2011

  • Rajesh.Kumar on August 2, 2014, 14:19 GMT

    I am worried about such a long gap between tests 3 and 4. Will it not be boring for Indian players to be there in England, confined in their hotels, and doing nothing apart from practising? Will it not be better if they came back to India and did the same and just went back to England couple of days before the test. The flight time between India and England is not much 7-8 hours max. So, not much time will be lost in travel.

  • SAF-Fan-no-1 on August 2, 2014, 14:08 GMT

    I still missing VIRU and Gambhir Oppenning - Also missing swing bowler Pravin Kumar - Get Involve VIRU & Gambhir - Vijay, Pujara, Rahane, Sharma, Naman Ojah, Jadeja, Ashwin, Shami, Bhuvi - Dropped Kohli & Sharma, they are not good enough.

  • whirlaway on August 2, 2014, 13:44 GMT

    And Arun Bose, you have already decided that India will win this series! The series in fact is still pretty much wide open, though the advantage is with England right now, after their big win in the 3rd Test, and now that Indian players like Kumar seem to be having fitness problems (and main bowler Sharma is already out of the 4th Test as well).

  • on August 2, 2014, 13:22 GMT

    @nkoch on (August 2, 2014, 12:32 GMT);

    Ammo should come from focus, concentration, dedication and application.

    Skills without these are like wet gun powder. Winning or losing an appeal can do pretty little to rectify these missing qualities. Yes; a sense of relief from a felt 'aggrievement' can come from success in the game. Hope, the young team form India can do that.

    I saw glimpses of those required qualities in the bowlers, Rahane, and Vijay till he slipped back from the 'Monkish' mode to the millionaire mode. Not from the others.

  • Garp on August 2, 2014, 13:21 GMT

    Considering that no one but those actually involved know what happened and the media has created this frenzy I'd say the outcome is proper. Half the problem in the world today is everyone wants to know every detail of everyone else's business and then wants to play judge and jury on their business.

  • PeerieTrow on August 2, 2014, 13:16 GMT

    @Arun Bose: In fairness to @land147 you're the one who posted, "India's definitely gonna win, no doubt in my mind." OK for you to make such statements but not anyone else, huh? Interesting........

  • on August 2, 2014, 13:09 GMT

    @land147- So you have already decided that India's gonna lose these remaining two matches, Oh boy.. I would love to see ur comments after you're comprehensively proven wrong by this same very young Indian team.. Surely, There will be plethora of excuses from you and ur compatriots on why you lost the series rather than giving any sort of credit to India just like after Lord's test loss for England..l would be eagerly waiting for ur comments after this test series...

  • on August 2, 2014, 12:59 GMT

    Completely exonerating both is certainly NOT honourable to a great game! Sorry, to see a decision hiding behind the lack of "visual" evidence. To exaggerate the point, will any judge dismiss a case of theft or murder for lack of visual evidence. I plead guilty for this exaggerated comparison, but had to, since many are dismissing the event as a non-event.

  • landl47 on August 2, 2014, 12:39 GMT

    Dave Richardson won't appeal because there's nothing to appeal. The independent evidence was non-existent, neither player suffered any injury and by overturning the verdict against Jadeja neither player has been disadvantaged. A sensible conclusion to an incident that was blown way out of proportion.

    I do think both sides need to see that attempts at intimidation by any kind of abuse of the opponent are detrimental to the game. Both Anderson and Jadeja are too abrasive and need to calm down. The captains and managers should take a strong line on this.

    I'm sorry that Arun Bose felt such shame after the last India/England series, when India lost at home. Cheer up, Arun, it's just a game. Even if this series makes it three series losses in a row by India to England the world's not going to end. India has a good young side and I look forward to many intriguing battles in the years to come.

  • nkoch on August 2, 2014, 12:32 GMT

    Just right ammo for India to get a kick to perform. England and Anderson has won the verdict but will now lose the series.

  • STRIKETHUNDER on August 2, 2014, 12:06 GMT

    Happy with the verdict. Without Anderson in the series it would be boring to watch.

  • on August 2, 2014, 12:06 GMT

    I remain astonished that this encounter was escalated to the extent that it was. A waste of time and money and to the detriment of the game. The match referee should have spoken to both players during the first Test and told them to behave like the adults and professional sportsmen that they are, shake hands and apologise. Why that wasn't done is the source of my astonishment... Yes the umpires should have more authority to step in - perhaps a yellow and red card system as used in football? However, it does help with that authority if the umpires actually know the laws of cricket - the number of wrong decisions (made worse by the absence of DRS for pathetic reasons) against batsmen on both sides has not helped...

  • Y2G_87 on August 2, 2014, 12:04 GMT

    Why not team India take their emotions into remaining matches and prove that they are not week team like most of the teams outside local conditions.

    At least in 3rd test one single reason for downfall of Indian batting is concentration. So why to take this which will bring down concentration levels even down.

    Prove what we are capable of in upcoming matches. Stick to strengths and rectify mistakes from past experience.

    Unless and until we attack in these kind of pitches we cannot win tests.

    So stop getting attracted and attacking these off-field incidents and start attacking in the field with strengths.

  • RayMcCooney on August 2, 2014, 11:58 GMT

    @Arun Bose: Being respectful for the opposition goes both ways. You can't demand respect without giving respect.

  • mzm149 on August 2, 2014, 11:58 GMT

    @Arun Bose: Don't count your chickens before they are hatched. What if complete opposite happens? What if Anderson turns out to be man-of-the-series (he already has two man-of-the-match awards)? Don't forget its England not India. Momentum is with England. They won all 13 sessions in last game. Actually India lost to England even in India last time after being in pretty much the same situation i.e. from 1-0 to 1-2. Add to that Anderson will not miss next two games.

  • PeerieTrow on August 2, 2014, 11:48 GMT

    @Ian Ashton and @Hardy1: I understand where you're going with this, but there are also massive cultural differences between the UK and Australia. It's never come to this situation with them. The fact we speak a similar language to Australia merely adds to the illusion that this isn't the case. There are other issues at play here and I would suggest it is best to shelve this whole discussion and await the next test.

  • on August 2, 2014, 11:42 GMT

    Its the right BCCI deserves to appeal and back their players but given the context of game progressing it seems to be unnecessary. Issues needs to be addressed in the team selection and game plan, would be great to leave this issue as per ICC's decision and divert all activity to the next game. Would really appreciate good cricket from Team India and try to keep this off field issues to the minimum!

  • on August 2, 2014, 11:32 GMT

    Let's win this series(which India's definitely gonna win, no doubt in my mind) and teach England a fine lesson in their home on what happens when you don't respect the opposition..Lift the Pataudi trophy, Dhoni..In front of Cook and Anderson, That would be the perfect reply to them.. There's no bigger shame than losing at home, in front of home crowd and fans...

  • Hardy1 on August 2, 2014, 11:23 GMT

    I think what Ian Ashton's said below goes right to the heart of the matter - it's a cultural issue more than anything for me.

  • on August 2, 2014, 11:09 GMT

    I suspect the entire incident is a cultural issue. As a culture Indians are generally exceedingly polite and courteous but have different concepts of personal space to British culture, generally considering closer relative positions to be correct. I suspect Jadeja had a perfectly valid point to put and entered what Anderson would culturally consider his personal space, which he would view as a direct, physical threat, hence the uncontested shove, while Jadeja and his team mates would consider the shove to be unprovoked. Perhaps if both sides gave up sledging and showed proper courtesy to each other neither would present a picture of squabbling school children.

  • Rockon21 on August 2, 2014, 10:39 GMT

    Comments like "time to call off the tour" and "India should not leave this issue" will not help anyone. I'm sure that Indian and England supporters will want to see the final two matches with the series poised at 1-1.

    My personal view is that the match referee should have got Jadeja and Anderson together and sorted it out between them including a warning about what would happen if there are any similar occurences but unfortunately Dhoni & Fletcher went over his head.

    The sad thing is that this whole incident has not helped the game of cricket and the media is concentrating on this instead of a series between two closely matched sides where few would have predicted that India's seamers would outbowl England at Lords and England's spinner would outbowl India's spinner at Southampton.

  • on August 2, 2014, 10:30 GMT

    This sounded like a big fuss over nothing when it was first reported and it looks even more like that now. Time for both teams to move on and forget this.

  • kingcobra85 on August 2, 2014, 9:57 GMT

    India should not leave this issue. David boon's report must be made public. Everyone should know what made David boon fine jadeja in the first place if nothing untoward happened. India must retaliate.

  • cheatsdontprosper on August 2, 2014, 9:23 GMT

    Quit the TOUR are you serious ? That action would help Neither Side and the Indian board will have to pay compensation for that action. Thus court action will follow which is totally pointless, another distraction and more negativity, what kind of message does that send to new or associate countries who want to progress in this GREAT SPORT. A True Indian and cricket fan would never even mention quitting a tour for this reason !

  • on August 2, 2014, 9:03 GMT

    The whole episode leave s a bad taste in the mouth. In this modern times saying that there is no video recording despite the fact there were cameras sounds ridiculous. Bad mouthing has to be dealt with be it Anderson or Jadeja. I wonder if cricket is a gentleman's game anymore! It is high time that umpires are given the authority to penalize the players there and then and avoid such waste of time. With all the talk of a hearing and what you get in the end nothing. Bah!

  • FredBoycott on August 2, 2014, 8:25 GMT

    Big question mark now on Dhoni's credibility for insisting in pursuing this issue so far. Serious error in judgement-

  • RayMcCooney on August 2, 2014, 8:21 GMT

    @indian1986: You seem to forget that India will face "Mitch" at home in Aus in India's 2014/15 tour. Good luck with that!

  • keptalittlelow on August 2, 2014, 7:50 GMT

    Lets move on and focus on cricket, its not a matter of life and death after all.

  • on August 2, 2014, 7:22 GMT

    What Gaurav Manchanda remarked with anger and frustration is construed as a defeatist attitude by Warren Smith. Indians needs to stay and show the world what they are capable of with a determined effort.

  • on August 2, 2014, 7:22 GMT

    If both the players have been found not guilty, then why was such a furore raised over the incident in the first place???

  • on August 2, 2014, 7:01 GMT

    Good idea Gaurav Manchanda. India should call off the tour and go home.

  • on August 2, 2014, 5:55 GMT

    time to call off the tour

  • indian1986 on August 2, 2014, 4:58 GMT

    I am not entirely happy with the verdict, but i guess its time to move on.. and play some good cricket..also waiting to see Mitch's bowling in Ashes ;)

  • Bhup on August 2, 2014, 4:23 GMT

    It's all part and parcel of the game..move on..focus more on cricket rather indulging into a small matter. Reply with your bat and ball..that's the right way.

  • sasisurineni on August 2, 2014, 3:36 GMT

    Happened is happened both Teams Should concentrate on the Game. Anderson Home ground old Trafford, expecting to see some quality ATTACK. And Hope Ishant will be fit, Gambhir will open the innings.

  • on August 1, 2014, 20:21 GMT

    This verdict will definitely encourages australian team. I can't wait to see Ashes. :)

  • on August 1, 2014, 20:05 GMT

    India should take this as a challenge and go all guns blazing at Old Trafford for the Fourth Test. If they are unhappy, show it in cricket, not with verbal abuse.

  • Alwinners on August 1, 2014, 19:58 GMT

    If the guilty parties are not punished severely for their respective offenses, then such incidents will be repeated time and again, which surely is not part of the game. Let there be be equal Justice or just let petty politics rule the game.

  • on August 1, 2014, 19:54 GMT

    time to move on with the game

  • Nutcutlet on August 1, 2014, 19:50 GMT

    India would be well advised to stop digging away at this matter. They are unlikely to get more mileage out of it following this ruling. It is distracting them from the major issue of competing in the last two Tests. Leave the matter to karma, eh? Let's get back to the cricket.

  • Balaguruswamy on August 1, 2014, 19:34 GMT

    What's done is done. Lets forget the incident and move on. Lets bring the same spirit we had in Lords to Manchester.

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  • Balaguruswamy on August 1, 2014, 19:34 GMT

    What's done is done. Lets forget the incident and move on. Lets bring the same spirit we had in Lords to Manchester.

  • Nutcutlet on August 1, 2014, 19:50 GMT

    India would be well advised to stop digging away at this matter. They are unlikely to get more mileage out of it following this ruling. It is distracting them from the major issue of competing in the last two Tests. Leave the matter to karma, eh? Let's get back to the cricket.

  • on August 1, 2014, 19:54 GMT

    time to move on with the game

  • Alwinners on August 1, 2014, 19:58 GMT

    If the guilty parties are not punished severely for their respective offenses, then such incidents will be repeated time and again, which surely is not part of the game. Let there be be equal Justice or just let petty politics rule the game.

  • on August 1, 2014, 20:05 GMT

    India should take this as a challenge and go all guns blazing at Old Trafford for the Fourth Test. If they are unhappy, show it in cricket, not with verbal abuse.

  • on August 1, 2014, 20:21 GMT

    This verdict will definitely encourages australian team. I can't wait to see Ashes. :)

  • sasisurineni on August 2, 2014, 3:36 GMT

    Happened is happened both Teams Should concentrate on the Game. Anderson Home ground old Trafford, expecting to see some quality ATTACK. And Hope Ishant will be fit, Gambhir will open the innings.

  • Bhup on August 2, 2014, 4:23 GMT

    It's all part and parcel of the game..move on..focus more on cricket rather indulging into a small matter. Reply with your bat and ball..that's the right way.

  • indian1986 on August 2, 2014, 4:58 GMT

    I am not entirely happy with the verdict, but i guess its time to move on.. and play some good cricket..also waiting to see Mitch's bowling in Ashes ;)

  • on August 2, 2014, 5:55 GMT

    time to call off the tour