England v India, 5th Investec Test, The Oval, 3rd day August 17, 2014

Jadeja incident helped me - Anderson


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'In the last few games, I have concentrated more on being aggressive with the ball rather than my mouth'

James Anderson accepted he may have benefited from the increased scrutiny of his on-field behaviour as England wrapped up the Investec Test series with a crushing victory at The Oval.

Anderson was charged with a Level Three offence under the ICC's Code of Conduct following an alleged incident with Ravi Jadeja during the first Test. Although Anderson was subsequently cleared, he conceded that the increased focus may have prompted him to re-assess the way he conducted himself on the pitch.

After bowling as well as at any time of his career in the final three Tests, he ended the series with 25 wickets at an average of 20.60 and was named Man of the Series.

But, while he was insistent he had been no less aggressive with the ball since the Jadeja incident, Anderson did admit he may have been a little less vocal with the batsmen.

"Possibly, in the last few games, I have concentrated more on being aggressive with the ball rather than my mouth," Anderson said. "I think I tried to be as aggressive. Whether I tried to say any less, I don't know. But I think the Jadeja incident made me more determined to perform on the field.

"At Southampton, when the stuff was going on around before and after the game, we were so focused on winning that game, and since then we've not let India back into the series."

But Anderson remained adamant that the aggressive on-field persona that has become familiar over recent years was a key part of his success. Anderson finished the match, his 99th Test, with 380 Test wickets. Only Sir Ian Botham, who claimed 383, has taken more for England.

"The reason I struggled, I think, in the early part of my career is because I was the timid, shy character that I am off the field when I was on it," he said. "That didn't help me. And working with people to try to get the best out of me, we found that it was best if I tried to be aggressive.

"What's helped me in the last five or six years is the fact I've been aggressive on the field and had the odd word. I've tried not to cross the line. And that's why the umpires are there to monitor that."

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on August 19, 2014, 19:08 GMT

    I dont think he is much effective bowler outside England.Look at Ashes series results

  • Peter on August 19, 2014, 8:52 GMT

    @Bharat Reddy. I'm interested. What series were you watching? 4-0 to India??? Too funny.

  • Android on August 19, 2014, 8:13 GMT

    @Vilander I agree with you..if Eng didn't get lucky with those decisions and if Eng would have batted first at Old trafford...India wouldn't have won 4-0 and Kohli wouldn't have scored 600runs to be the MOS

  • Suj on August 19, 2014, 7:42 GMT

    @ thozar - Wow that is some big talk going over there! Guess which country won the WC trophy not twice or thrice but a grand total of four times including a hat-rick of World Cup wins ??? The difference between Aussie fans and you lot is we don't live in the past ... They might mean a lot but we needn't bring that up every time there is an argument about how our current performance is not good enough. Keep living in the past. India has absolutely no chance at the next WC so I'll be watching these forums to see what your retorts will be then. And as for the Champions' Trophy who cares? Do you even remember who won the previous editions? It is only the World Cup tournaments and test series wins that people care about

  • sfsdf on August 19, 2014, 5:25 GMT

    Glacier india already make home advantage pitches and England already beat them on those same pitches.

    All teams struggle away but other teams at least win from time to time away, india can only compete on rank turners at home.

  • rob on August 19, 2014, 2:08 GMT

    @ Lin Comp: I agree with what you said about line and length. Make the batsman play by trying to hit the top of off stump 5 balls out of 6. .. Glen McGrath said that was all he usually tried to do and he ended up with 500+ Test wickets and could bowl on any pitch in the world. .. Gee whizz, he might just have something there then.

  • Peter on August 18, 2014, 21:04 GMT

    @ thozar. ODI World Cups are the most important are they? When you win 4 (with 2 of them undefeated & none at home), come back & talk to us sunshine. Apart from the Cup winners, no one remembers the majority of games, nor cares, unlike Test cricket. And if India slip down the rankings of both formats, where will you be then?

  • Tom on August 18, 2014, 18:58 GMT

    osted by Vilander on (August 18, 2014, 13:36 GMT) Happy for Cook, great guy. But India received some very bad Umpiring decisions

    As did England.

  • S on August 18, 2014, 17:26 GMT

    Everyone plays by their home advantage, Anderson got help from their pitches. As far as Indian team is concerned, It showed from performance after the Anderson verdict like they lost the credibility in loosing the case which was again against Indian team. But now it is time Indian curator and board learns that when any touring team comes, abuse, play with home advantage and make them feel like they have come for torture, it should be the theme. All the other teams does that count it Australia, South Africa, New Zealand or England. Our major mistake in touring to england is we travel after IPL, and that is where English commentator and media takes advantage of criticizing Indian board. 3-1 result was better than last series result of 4-0.

  • Friend on August 18, 2014, 17:14 GMT

    True words @perl57 my friend. At last some sanity in these boards. To all non-Indian fans (and some so-called Indian fans too), the only thing that matters in cricket is the ICC world cup just like the only thing that matters in soccer is the FIA world cup. India hold that title. The second most important tournament in cricket is the ICC Champions Trophy. India are the winners of that tournament too. So haters can keep hating. But no one can take away our achievements. Sri Lankan fans are so proud about their T20 world cup win. Good for you guys but guess who won the very first T20 world cup.....

    We are ranked number 2 in One day and number 1 in T20, the two formats that excite spectators. We will be number 1 in one day also in a few months. Let us see what Lankan and Pakistani fans have to say then.

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