England’s second Test against India at Lord’s has taken on some added spice after the visitors confirmed they have reported Three Lions bowler James Anderson to the ICC, according to the Guardian.
The man known affectionately as the ‘Burnley Lara’ proved himself worthy of such a nickname in the Trent Bridge Test, hitting an incredible 81 in a seemingly unending tenth-wicket stand with Joe Root.
Four match ban
However, it is his antics involving Ravindra Jadeja that have riled India, and Anderson has now been charged with a Level Three offence of physical assault – the most serious kind in the players’ code.
That could carry a penalty of a four-match ban if he is found guilty, though England are likely to appeal. The case is expected to be cleared up within the next fortnight.
Jadeja and Anderson were undoubtedly engaged in an altercation on day two of the match, but India allege that the England lynchpin went as far as pushing and verbally assaulting their batsman.
Anderson thought he had dismissed Jadeja just before lunch, and the pair were seen to exchange words at the crease. However, their grievances spilled into the interval.
In a Test that had hitherto seemed fairly innocuous, the two players found themselves in a scuffle in the pavilion that had largely been forgotten about. But while the drama of the last two days may have pushed the incident out of the limelight, it could have huge implications for England’s chances for the rest of the series.
England are no doubt shocked by the latest twist in what is already turning out to be a fiery series. The ECB issued a statement assuring Anderson – who received man-of-the-match due to his contribution with the bat – that he has their “total support” in what they describe as a “minor incident”.
England to file charge
In fact, that support is now taking an attacking form, as England look to pursue a similar charge against Jadeja.
Sunil Dev, India’s team manager, was initially the one to file a complaint, but he has since confirmed that he consulted captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
England were informed of the move, which has seemingly come out-of-the-blue, by Duncan Fletcher, their former head coach who led the side to the Ashes in 2005. Now in charge of India, though, he is clearly no longer a friendly face.
Already irked by India’s refusal to allow the Decision Review System (DRS), England are unlikely to take this latest challenge lying down. Regardless of the outcome of Anderson’s disciplinary hearing, more immediately, any hopes of a more sporting atmosphere in the second Test have been dashed.