James Anderson has escaped a Test match suspensions, whilst Ravindra Jadeja has had a fine rescinded following the pair’s highly publicised altercation during England and India’s encounter at Trent Bridge last month.
The BBC reports that an ICC hearing has cleared both players of their involvement in an incident that occurred as they left the field of play for lunch on day two of the first Test.
For Anderson, it means that he won’t have to serve any of a potential four-match ban. Meanwhile, the Indian spinner’s appeal of his 50% match fee fine was successful.
The hearing consisted of a six-hour video conference call with ICC judicial commissioner Gordon Lewis on Friday. Lewis considered eyewitness accounts from both England and India players before coming to his conclusions.
Anderson was initially handed a level three misconduct charge for his role in the altercation, but has avoided what could have been a two-to-four Test match ban.
Jadeja – who was last week fined 50% of his match fee – was successful in clearing his name, after match referee David Boon had initially sanctioned him with a level one infringement.
It comes as great news for England, who will now be with their second all-time leading wicket-taker for the final two Test matches against India this summer.
Coming off the back of their first five-day victory in almost a year, Alastair Cook’s side will be looking to take a series lead when the fourth Test begins at Old Trafford next Thursday.
Anderson claimed match figures of 7-77 at the Ageas Bowl, as England won their first Test match in 354 days and levelled the series at 1-1. His presence will be great boost as the
hosts look to win their final two games of the summer.
Aside from being a great asset to the team, the 32-year-old seamer is also on the verge of
achieving critical individual acclaim. Anderson’s seven dismissals in Southampton took his career total to 371 in Test cricket, and he now trails Sir Ian Botham by just 12 wickets.
A four-match ban would have left him out of five-day action for almost a year, with England not playing any away Test matches this winter due to the upcoming World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
The chance to surpass Botham as England’s leading wicket-taker in Test cricket could spur him onto producing yet another match-winning performance for his country.
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