Anderson off the hook

Decision will have a bearing on outcome of the series

Southampton

Both England fast bowler James Anderson and India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja have been found not guilty of breaching the Code of Conduct during their alleged altercation at Trent Bridge.

Anderson was slapped with a Level 3 charge for allegedly abusing and pushing Jadeja at the start of the lunch break on the second day of the first Test at Trent Bridge. Had he been found guilty, Anderson would have been banned for at least two Tests.

The verdict could have a huge bearing on the outcome of the series, which has two Test matches left — the first beginning on Thursday at Anderson’s home ground of Old Trafford. Indeed, former England captain Michael Vaughan believes Anderson holds the key to an England series victory after his man-of-the-match performance in their first win in almost a year at Southampton.

The outcome of the hearing was never going to satisfy both teams with England convinced that India were simply trying to get their best bowler banned, while the tourists seemed to have a genuine issue with Anderson’s behaviour, and not just at Trent Bridge.

Incidentally, Anderson is just 12 wickets away from equaling Sir Ian Botham’s record as England’s all-time highest wicket-taker and now has the opportunity to reach the milestone in the final two Test matches.

“The Judicial Commissioner reached his decisions following a six-hour hearing, which took place via video conference. Witnesses, including some Indian and English players, provided evidence and were cross-examined by the respective legal counsels,” ICC said in a statement.

Judicial commissioner Gordon Lewis also overturned the 50 percent fine slapped on Jadeja by Match Referee David Boon at a previous hearing. India had appealed against the fine.

Jadeja was alleged to have turned in a threatening manner towards Anderson and was earlier found guilty by Boon. The cricketer was fined 50 percent of his match fee which had upset India.

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