India spinner Ravindra Jadeja has received a 50% match fee fine for his heated encounter with James Anderson during the first Test against England at Trent Bridge, according to BBC Sport.
However, the 25-year-old has avoided suspension, a sanction that could still impact the Lancashire seamer when he has his hearing on August 1.
The International Cricket Council has now punished Jadeja, after they came to the conclusion that he exhibited “conduct contrary to the spirit of the game.”
Former Australian batsman David Boon was the match referee for the first Test, and he was tasked with deciding how to deal with the spinner, after he and Anderson came together on their way off the field for lunch.
Boon decided to downgrade Jadeja’s actions to a level on offence, having met with both players for a two-and-a-half hour hearing.
It was alleged that both players had words with one another during the morning session on day two of the opening Test match. That preceded an apparent push by Anderson as they walked into the pavilion.
However, the England international claimed that Jadeja approached him in a “threatening manner.”
That Test match was drawn, before India beat England by 95 runs in the second Test at Lord’s. The game was concluded when Jadeja ran out last man Anderson for 2 with a direct hit.
With both men out in the middle, a handshake was then recorded between the two.
Whilst Jadeja has now been dealt with, James Anderson still has to wait to see what his punishment will be. However, it is likely that it will be more severe than just a 50% match fine.
England’s second-highest all-time leading Test wicket taker will have his fate decided by ICC judicial commissioner Gordon Lewis next week. Anderson is currently looking at a maximum four-match ban. Whilst he is available for the third Test at the Ageas Bowl – which starts on Sunday – he may be suspended for the final two games in the five-match series.
The 31-year-old may be missing at his home ground when the fourth Test commences at Old Trafford on August 7. Without their premier strike bowler, England may find it even harder to find their way out of a 10-match winless run.
Having already taken 21 wickets in England’s four home Tests this summer, Anderson would be a big miss for Alastair Cook’s side. If he receives the maximum ban of four matches, then he could also miss all of England’s two-match series with New Zealand next May.
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