India in England 2014 August 3, 2014

Anderson admitted to swearing at Jadeja

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James Anderson was let off on the Level 3 charge of pushing Ravindra Jadeja during the Trent Bridge Test, but he admitted to having abused Jadeja, pushing him and acting in breach of the spirit of cricket. He also threatened to break Jadeja's teeth, the BCCI's counsel contended while appealing the sentence earlier handed to Jadeja by match referee David Boon. That sentence was successfully overturned during the hearing on Friday in Southampton.

These were two different but overlapping cases. The BCCI counsel took part in the appeal against Jadeja's sentence, but the case involving Anderson was pursued by the ICC's lawyer, as is the protocol for Level 3 charges. The BCCI counsel didn't get a chance to cross-examine Anderson during that main case but did so during the Jadeja appeal. The cross-examination was intense and aggressive, say those present, and began with the BCCI counsel addressing Anderson using some of the swear words allegedly used by the player, catching him by surprise.

The incident took place as the players were walking off for lunch on the second day of the Trent Bridge Test. Anderson had appealed for a catch at the wicket against Jadeja with the first ball of the over, after which he was seen having a word with Jadeja. Umpire Bruce Oxenford's witness statement said he intervened and asked Anderson to stop chirping. The chirping, though, continued. Anderson didn't contest the charge that he called Jadeja a "f***ing p**ck" and a "f***ing c**t".

What happened next, though, in the corridor leading to the dressing rooms had two different versions. India contended that Anderson abused Jadeja once again, in reaction to which he half-turned, and was then allegedly pushed by Anderson. England claimed Anderson acted in self-defence as Jadeja allegedly turned aggressively at Anderson. However, Anderson didn't contest MS Dhoni's statement as witness that he abused Jadeja again, and asked him to "go to his f***ing dressing room". This is also when he is said to have threatened to break Jadeja's teeth. Anderson was asked if he thought his actions were against the spirit of cricket. He said, "Yes."

With one man's word against another, the case came down to lack of video evidence of what happened in the corridor. The staircase outside the corridor, leading to the playing field, was monitored by the ACSU cameras. The staircase connecting the corridor and the dressing room, too, was monitored by the ICC cameras. There was a webcam in the corridor, but it was not ICC's, and it wasn't working on that day.

Anderson, who has gained a reputation of being overly aggressive on the field, has, however, little history of misconduct on his official record. He has been charged only once under the ICC's Code of Conduct, back in 2007.

Indeed this charge, too, wouldn't have been laid had England's attempts at negotiations with India succeeded. India's coach Duncan Fletcher testified during the hearing that Paul Downton, managing director of England cricket, tried to convince India to lay a Level 2 charge. The judicial commissioner Gordon Lewis, who presided over the case via video link from Australia, heard that Downton tried to convince Fletcher against taking such strong action. Fletcher said that when he didn't agree, Downton threatened him with a counter charge against Jadeja - a threat that was eventually carried out.

Once the BCCI insisted on laying the charge, it became the ICC's responsibility to prosecute. However, it didn't have enough evidence to get the verdict it sought. Lack of video evidence might have got Anderson off the Level 3 charge but what has raised eyebrows is that there has been no reprimand or a lower sentence. That, though, might be explained in the detailed verdict.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • desiboy454 on August 4, 2014, 15:54 GMT

    So I think Cricket should adopt a red card/yellow card theme. Where as in FIFA, players fake their falls and hits and stuff, cricket doesn't really have this. There will mainly be verbal altercations, in which at times when they dont cross a line is fine, but when they do a yellow card is handed out to either the batsman or bowler, a 2nd offence within 5 matches (regardless of format) an instant red card is handed out. Umpires will have to be aware of a players previous cards and if a red card is handed out, that player can not field, bowl or bat and is automatically off the field, if a batsman receives the card, he is automatically out and can not field or bowl. There is a downside, if the batsman has already bowled/fields and bats last, it will not have as big an effect but they will be automatically out. The Pollard/Starc issue during IPL, both players receive a Red card instantly. Pollard out/Starc off the field.

  • MaksNZ on August 4, 2014, 2:34 GMT

    Well Said Phil Wood, I totally agree with you.

  • on August 3, 2014, 22:45 GMT

    Both teams and officials should say a pledge in public to behave in a dignified manner and not do anything to sully the spirit of the game before a match starts. Things are being taken too far. Being competitive should not be equated to being mean spirited. If a player sledges and uses bad language in particular it is not only a reflection of just that person but also his family and upbringing. There should be stiff penalties for violators.

  • crktttt on August 3, 2014, 18:08 GMT

    Jadeja turned around 'aggressively'? ECB filed a Level 2 offence for turning around? Abusing, pushing is the same as turning around ?

    I also feel that once the players leave the field, they should not indulge in any sort of sledging. A lot of the players say that they have no quarrels off the field, and some are even friends off the field. If sledging is to be continued to be allowed in the game, it should be restricted to on-field. You cannot draft rules for sledging, but at least the media-pundits should highlight this point.

    Anderson has lost of Indian fans like me due to this incident.

  • Sillyshortleg on August 3, 2014, 11:28 GMT

    If it's part of the game we should not be deprived of hearing it in our living rooms. Turn up the stump mikes . Let's hear what our sporting heroes have to say to their rivals.

  • jmcilhinney on August 3, 2014, 10:54 GMT

    I reckon Anderson has been experiencing a fair bit of frustration lately and, although that doesn't excuse his behaviour, it might go a long way to explaining it. England's bowlers have been doing a pretty good job for quite a while but have been let down severely by their fielders for a long while and their batsmen more recently. Even in Australia, the bowlers started out well and did enough to get England into a strong and possibly winning position. The batsmen obviously just folded in the face of Mitchell Johnson's admittedly very good bowling though. In Adelaide, the bowlers got them into a strong position again but then any chance they had of getting themselves back into the series was lost due to dropped catches. By Perth, the Australian batsmen were completely emboldened by the knowledge that there was no pressure on them because the bowlers would win them the game regardless. This summer, even the bowlers have finally been poor and that would be hard to take.

  • on August 3, 2014, 9:46 GMT

    It is the part and parcel of the game. Looking forward to Manchester, this will be one of the finest battle

  • RayMcCooney on August 3, 2014, 9:29 GMT

    @nalapogunev: It's already in The Laws: "Law 42 Fair and unfair play - responsibility of captains - The responsibility lies with the captains for ensuring that play is conducted within the spirit and traditions of the game, as described in The Preamble - The Spirit of Cricket, as well as within the Laws."

  • on August 3, 2014, 9:12 GMT

    Any foul language against any player in any game is not acceptable. Yellow and red card system is very well mentioned. BCCI should push for it on ICC. Amount of money invvolved in sports these days means penalty should be harcer too.

  • on August 3, 2014, 9:03 GMT

    Anderson wasn't "let off". He was found "not guilty" of the charge. There is an important difference.

  • desiboy454 on August 4, 2014, 15:54 GMT

    So I think Cricket should adopt a red card/yellow card theme. Where as in FIFA, players fake their falls and hits and stuff, cricket doesn't really have this. There will mainly be verbal altercations, in which at times when they dont cross a line is fine, but when they do a yellow card is handed out to either the batsman or bowler, a 2nd offence within 5 matches (regardless of format) an instant red card is handed out. Umpires will have to be aware of a players previous cards and if a red card is handed out, that player can not field, bowl or bat and is automatically off the field, if a batsman receives the card, he is automatically out and can not field or bowl. There is a downside, if the batsman has already bowled/fields and bats last, it will not have as big an effect but they will be automatically out. The Pollard/Starc issue during IPL, both players receive a Red card instantly. Pollard out/Starc off the field.

  • MaksNZ on August 4, 2014, 2:34 GMT

    Well Said Phil Wood, I totally agree with you.

  • on August 3, 2014, 22:45 GMT

    Both teams and officials should say a pledge in public to behave in a dignified manner and not do anything to sully the spirit of the game before a match starts. Things are being taken too far. Being competitive should not be equated to being mean spirited. If a player sledges and uses bad language in particular it is not only a reflection of just that person but also his family and upbringing. There should be stiff penalties for violators.

  • crktttt on August 3, 2014, 18:08 GMT

    Jadeja turned around 'aggressively'? ECB filed a Level 2 offence for turning around? Abusing, pushing is the same as turning around ?

    I also feel that once the players leave the field, they should not indulge in any sort of sledging. A lot of the players say that they have no quarrels off the field, and some are even friends off the field. If sledging is to be continued to be allowed in the game, it should be restricted to on-field. You cannot draft rules for sledging, but at least the media-pundits should highlight this point.

    Anderson has lost of Indian fans like me due to this incident.

  • Sillyshortleg on August 3, 2014, 11:28 GMT

    If it's part of the game we should not be deprived of hearing it in our living rooms. Turn up the stump mikes . Let's hear what our sporting heroes have to say to their rivals.

  • jmcilhinney on August 3, 2014, 10:54 GMT

    I reckon Anderson has been experiencing a fair bit of frustration lately and, although that doesn't excuse his behaviour, it might go a long way to explaining it. England's bowlers have been doing a pretty good job for quite a while but have been let down severely by their fielders for a long while and their batsmen more recently. Even in Australia, the bowlers started out well and did enough to get England into a strong and possibly winning position. The batsmen obviously just folded in the face of Mitchell Johnson's admittedly very good bowling though. In Adelaide, the bowlers got them into a strong position again but then any chance they had of getting themselves back into the series was lost due to dropped catches. By Perth, the Australian batsmen were completely emboldened by the knowledge that there was no pressure on them because the bowlers would win them the game regardless. This summer, even the bowlers have finally been poor and that would be hard to take.

  • on August 3, 2014, 9:46 GMT

    It is the part and parcel of the game. Looking forward to Manchester, this will be one of the finest battle

  • RayMcCooney on August 3, 2014, 9:29 GMT

    @nalapogunev: It's already in The Laws: "Law 42 Fair and unfair play - responsibility of captains - The responsibility lies with the captains for ensuring that play is conducted within the spirit and traditions of the game, as described in The Preamble - The Spirit of Cricket, as well as within the Laws."

  • on August 3, 2014, 9:12 GMT

    Any foul language against any player in any game is not acceptable. Yellow and red card system is very well mentioned. BCCI should push for it on ICC. Amount of money invvolved in sports these days means penalty should be harcer too.

  • on August 3, 2014, 9:03 GMT

    Anderson wasn't "let off". He was found "not guilty" of the charge. There is an important difference.

  • nalapogunev on August 3, 2014, 9:01 GMT

    I believe the Captains also have a big part to play to see his team is well behaved on and off the field. Even verbal abuse should be stopped, especially foul language. Often the players cite former instances to justify their actions. They are there to play with the bat and ball and not with their mouth. Make it a rule that use of foul language against a player by another during the match would bring a ban for at least one match. Anderson knows how to get psychological advantage over the Indian team

  • on August 3, 2014, 8:56 GMT

    It's time cricket instituted a sin bin - 5 overs off the field for use of inappropriate language, 10 for a second offence, etc. No substitute fielder.

    Batsmen - 5 runs deducted for the same offence (get to a negative score and you're out).

  • Kapil_Choudhary on August 3, 2014, 8:55 GMT

    As long as ex-cricketer commentators keep feeding the viewing public that a "little bit of needle" is part of the game and enhances it - this will keep happening. In fact, it will become much worse. Soon you might have players making note of camera blind spots and using those spaces to inflict maximum abuse. The only way to stop this is ban ALL sledging - no shady explanations of imaginary lines that should not be crossed. Unfortunately, that doesn't seem like happening...

  • on August 3, 2014, 8:47 GMT

    They say that the two cases were overlapping but seperate. Did Anderson admit pushing in Jadeja's case but deny it in his own? Otherwise how was he not found guilty?

  • PeerieTrow on August 3, 2014, 8:46 GMT

    @mtfb: This isn't what "cricket has come to", it's where it's been for years and to pretend otherwise is tantamount to believing we live in the world of Jeeves and Wooster. Quote from the Otago Daily Times online: "Sledging is like beer; it comes in various degrees of strength and flavour but it's been around since WG Grace tied on his first pair of pads. The quality varies, as does the degree of ribald wit. Everyone talks about a fine line between acceptable and unacceptable, but no one really knows where that is. Families are supposed to be off limits, but at times anything goes."

  • pom_don on August 3, 2014, 8:04 GMT

    It really is so easy to stop this......on field at least, just use a yellow/red card system, sledge & get an umpires warning & yellow card & if you persist again, red card & off the field the team then plays minus one man for the rest of the game. I don't think verbal sledging is much of an issue, it's always been there, physical should not be tolerated on the field. Off field antics should IMO not be part of or affect the game.

  • Clyde on August 3, 2014, 7:52 GMT

    Fans tend to think players are at least as decent at they are. It must be embarrassing to many to have caught themselves being spectators of some of these players.

  • Shiw on August 3, 2014, 7:52 GMT

    India missing DRS big time :)

  • on August 3, 2014, 7:25 GMT

    @by ZkAneela Adding to what you said, he only shows the aggression on the field. He never gets carried away outside the field.

  • on August 3, 2014, 7:03 GMT

    y was Anderson given a clean chit?

  • EdwinD on August 3, 2014, 6:56 GMT

    I'm English, but this is embarrassing. To put a stop to this nonsense a solution may be for umpires to treat usage of a pre-determined list of expletives as per slow-over rates - ie large fines, or a ban for the captain. The behaviour shown by Anderson is far worse for the game, and it needs to be stamped out as soon as possible.

  • yogicoolboy on August 3, 2014, 6:50 GMT

    I am surprised after both the players were let. Anderson accepts his mistake.

  • ZkAneela on August 3, 2014, 6:41 GMT

    Dale Steyn is also a very aggressive bowler.He also use this tactics but I think many will agree that His aggression is in his style,his crazy eyes and more importantly his effort to take wickets.He dont need green top to take wickets like Anderson.

  • mtfb on August 3, 2014, 6:19 GMT

    If this is what cricket has come to I don't want to be a part of it. I no longer have ANY respect for Anderson. Drop him.

  • BlakeHoulihan on August 3, 2014, 6:09 GMT

    If stump mics were left on you would hear these kinds of things regularly. While I don't like sledging, these words are exchanged often on the cricket field. The line must be drawn at physical contact however. And once you pass over the boundary rope, the sledging should stop.

  • InsideHedge on August 3, 2014, 5:55 GMT

    @AtulDEO: I'm not a big fan of Gambhir either but one thing he has in abundance is a steely determination. It's all a bit of a lark for Dhawan. As for his slip fielding, it's mediocre, as it is with all the Indians.

    Oh the irony. Just a couple of winters back, MSD was calling for the heads of the seniors due to a deterioration of fielding prowess. He was right of course. But little did he, or we know, that the youngsters would be even worse. They can't even figure out how deep the slip fielders should stand, edges constantly fall short.

  • AtulDEO on August 3, 2014, 5:32 GMT

    Can't understand why Dhawan should be dropped in favor of Gambhir, who is equally bad outside the of stump and a perennial poker to away going ball. Openers need to be given a long rope to settle in different conditions. One must see it as an exercise to building an asset. Dhawan has also set is his eyes as a slip fielder. Dhawan's contributions with bat are of similar nature to that of Pujara and Kohli. Hope Dhoni supports Dhawan to be rewarded in tons. All the best to Dhawan.

  • Sir_Francis on August 3, 2014, 5:27 GMT

    Continually abusing Jadeja (with expletives); pushing him, threatening him with physical violence. That sort of stuff happens all the time. Quite minor. No wonder he was let off. In fact I hope Anderson was given a grovelling apology by the ICC, ECB & BCCI for wasting his valuable time. After all it was his birthday a few days ago. He's finally turned 14.

  • akashhaque on August 3, 2014, 5:06 GMT

    Anderson will smash the wickets of indian batters in coming two matches. Go Anderson go and show youur power!!!!!!!!!!

  • henchart on August 3, 2014, 5:05 GMT

    Cricket has long ceased to be a gentleman's game but words used by Anderson show the state of degeneration the game is being led into.Jadeja is no saint either but nothing justifies Anderson's choice of words.I hope cricket does 'nt take a back seat at Old Trafford.Indians last played a test there when a 17 yr old SRT saved them the blushes with able assistance from Manoj Prabhakar.With green top expected,I dont see Ashwin and Jadeja featuring together in playing XI there.It would be either Ashwin or Jadeja but not both .Playing XI for India at Old Trafford could be Vijay,Gambhir,Pujara,Kohli,Rahane,Sharma Rohit,MSD,Aaron,Pankaj,Shami,Ashwin/Jadeja. BKumar is injured .Rohit and Pankaj would get another opportunity though they may not deserve one.MSD is too defensive to go with only 5 specialist batsmen on a green top.

  • vkias_vkumar. on August 3, 2014, 4:57 GMT

    Our Great Jaddu will smash Anderson out of the park in coming two matches!!! Go Jaddu show your colors!!!

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  • vkias_vkumar. on August 3, 2014, 4:57 GMT

    Our Great Jaddu will smash Anderson out of the park in coming two matches!!! Go Jaddu show your colors!!!

  • henchart on August 3, 2014, 5:05 GMT

    Cricket has long ceased to be a gentleman's game but words used by Anderson show the state of degeneration the game is being led into.Jadeja is no saint either but nothing justifies Anderson's choice of words.I hope cricket does 'nt take a back seat at Old Trafford.Indians last played a test there when a 17 yr old SRT saved them the blushes with able assistance from Manoj Prabhakar.With green top expected,I dont see Ashwin and Jadeja featuring together in playing XI there.It would be either Ashwin or Jadeja but not both .Playing XI for India at Old Trafford could be Vijay,Gambhir,Pujara,Kohli,Rahane,Sharma Rohit,MSD,Aaron,Pankaj,Shami,Ashwin/Jadeja. BKumar is injured .Rohit and Pankaj would get another opportunity though they may not deserve one.MSD is too defensive to go with only 5 specialist batsmen on a green top.

  • akashhaque on August 3, 2014, 5:06 GMT

    Anderson will smash the wickets of indian batters in coming two matches. Go Anderson go and show youur power!!!!!!!!!!

  • Sir_Francis on August 3, 2014, 5:27 GMT

    Continually abusing Jadeja (with expletives); pushing him, threatening him with physical violence. That sort of stuff happens all the time. Quite minor. No wonder he was let off. In fact I hope Anderson was given a grovelling apology by the ICC, ECB & BCCI for wasting his valuable time. After all it was his birthday a few days ago. He's finally turned 14.

  • AtulDEO on August 3, 2014, 5:32 GMT

    Can't understand why Dhawan should be dropped in favor of Gambhir, who is equally bad outside the of stump and a perennial poker to away going ball. Openers need to be given a long rope to settle in different conditions. One must see it as an exercise to building an asset. Dhawan has also set is his eyes as a slip fielder. Dhawan's contributions with bat are of similar nature to that of Pujara and Kohli. Hope Dhoni supports Dhawan to be rewarded in tons. All the best to Dhawan.

  • InsideHedge on August 3, 2014, 5:55 GMT

    @AtulDEO: I'm not a big fan of Gambhir either but one thing he has in abundance is a steely determination. It's all a bit of a lark for Dhawan. As for his slip fielding, it's mediocre, as it is with all the Indians.

    Oh the irony. Just a couple of winters back, MSD was calling for the heads of the seniors due to a deterioration of fielding prowess. He was right of course. But little did he, or we know, that the youngsters would be even worse. They can't even figure out how deep the slip fielders should stand, edges constantly fall short.

  • BlakeHoulihan on August 3, 2014, 6:09 GMT

    If stump mics were left on you would hear these kinds of things regularly. While I don't like sledging, these words are exchanged often on the cricket field. The line must be drawn at physical contact however. And once you pass over the boundary rope, the sledging should stop.

  • mtfb on August 3, 2014, 6:19 GMT

    If this is what cricket has come to I don't want to be a part of it. I no longer have ANY respect for Anderson. Drop him.

  • ZkAneela on August 3, 2014, 6:41 GMT

    Dale Steyn is also a very aggressive bowler.He also use this tactics but I think many will agree that His aggression is in his style,his crazy eyes and more importantly his effort to take wickets.He dont need green top to take wickets like Anderson.

  • yogicoolboy on August 3, 2014, 6:50 GMT

    I am surprised after both the players were let. Anderson accepts his mistake.