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All you want to know about Anderson-Jadeja altercation is right here...

July 23, 2014 13:01 IST

All you want to know about Anderson-Jadeja altercation is right here...

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Judicial Commissioner Gordon Lewis AM will hold the hearing of England fast bowler James Anderson via video conference on Friday, August 1 at 0900 hrs (BST), the ICC confirmed on Tuesday.

The announcement during the preliminary hearing, on Tuesday, which was attended by representatives of Anderson and the ECB and their legal counsel, the ICC’s Ethics & Regulatory Lawyer, and representatives of the BCCI and their legal counsel.

The lead-up to the Lord's Test was not ideal for India all-rounder Jadeja and Anderson. But the match turned out to be perfect for Jadeja, who ran Anderson out with a direct hit to give India a historic victory.

The left-arm spinner showed his sporting side as he went up to Anderson and shook his hand at the end of the match.

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Image: Ravindra Jadeja (left) shakes James Anderson's hand after the Lord's Test
Photographs: Philip Brown/Reuters
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No video evidence

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In a fresh twist to the alleged altercation between James Anderson and Ravindra Jadeja, it has been claimed that there is no video evidence of the incident.

According to a report by ESPNCricinfo, "Indian officials have questioned why crucial video footage that could have shed light on the alleged altercation between James Anderson and Ravindra Jadeja is not available."

The incident occurred during the lunch break of the second day's play in the opening Test in Nottingham. The Indians have alleged that Anderson pushed and abused Jadeja, while the English have also counter-charged the visiting all-rounder.

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Image: Ravindra Jadeja
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'ICC is stupid to let Jadeja-Anderson row go out of hand'

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Former Australian captain Ian Chappell feels incidents like the alleged fracas between Ravindra Jadeja and James Anderson are increasing because the ICC has not been good enough while deciding on such issues.

"ICC should block this and start again - they are no good. Probably wasn't good when I was playing. Tell me when was the last time a decision was made in the best interest of the game of cricket. The decisions are made money wise," he said. 

Chappell said the old system of talking it out over drinks was good enough to sort out on-field conflicts.

"You often realised that both were trying to win for their teams. So the good thing about that system was you started with a scratch next day from scratch. There was no lingering effect of what happened on the field. Now they have got to find another way to sort it out," he said.

Chappell said aggression is not about talking. "Aggression is not about talking. Generally, who shut their mouth up, they are brave. There is a lot of bravado in it," he said.

Chappell blamed ICC for letting things go out of hands.

"The ICC is stupid to let this thing go out of hand, really. I am not talking about the abusive stuff, I am talking about eye-to-eye chatter," he said.

Chappell also said the umpires should sort the conflicts happening on the field.

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Image: England's James Anderson (centre, left) pushes teammate Joe Root
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Kirti Azad calls for ban on Anderson

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Former Indian cricketer Kirti Azad said that James Anderson should be banned, as any kind of physical violence is not acceptable in the game.

"I would not call it a racial comment. Light abusing has been there since our time and will remain in future as well. But threatening someone or indulging in any physical violence is not accepted in the game," Azad said.

"The matter of field should be ended there only. That is why the action of Anderson should be banned and can be called as 'Banderson'. The feeling of the game should not die. And, people should get the message that if you do any such activity, then you will have to face the consequences," he added.

Commenting on the England's take on Jadeja, Azad said, "Now, England should explain either they were right before or now. They have to be wrong somewhere in this case."

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Image: England bowler James Anderson reacts
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Indians blowing things out of proportion?

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Insisting that the much talked-about altercation between Ravindra Jadeja and James Anderson was nothing more than a ‘minor bust-up’ former England captain Michael Vaughan said the visiting Indians are blowing things out of proportion in an attempt to unsettle the home team.

"It is all a bit pathetic and sad that India have reported James Anderson for something that sounds like nothing more than a minor bust-up -- something that can happen in the pressurised environment of Test cricket," Vaughan wrote in The Daily Telegraph.

"The sad part for me is that they could not sort this out between the teams before going to the International Cricket Council. India are such a powerful force in world cricket but the game needs them to wield that power responsibly and make sure they do not just use that influence to their own advantage, as naive as that may sound," said the former skipper.

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Image: Mahendra Singh Dhoni
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'Jadeja is a cocky little character'

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"Jimmy is a tough competitor and sometimes I think on the field he goes over the top. He is a placid and humble guy off field but out in the middle he is desperate to help England win and is aggressive towards the batsmen," he said.

"Jadeja is a cocky little character, full of skill. He is a clever left-arm spinner and dasher with the bat who has scored three triple hundreds in his career. He also likes to annoy the opposition and take them on. In my opinion they are two cricketers, who are great for the game," he added.

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Image: Ravindra Jadeja
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ECB hit back over Anderson misconduct allegation

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England will contest misconduct accusations against bowler James Anderson made by India, the England and Wales Cricket Board said on Tuesday.

The allegation relates to an incident involving India's Ravindra Jadeja during the first Test match between the teams that ended in a draw.

"The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has today reacted with surprise that the India team has made allegations against James Anderson under Level 3 of the ICC Code of Conduct for a minor incident involving Ravindra Jadeja during the first Investec Test match at Trent Bridge," the ECB said in a statement.

"In the light of this the ECB has notified the ICC of its intention to lodge code of conduct breaches against Jadeja.

"James Anderson categorically denies the accusations made against him and the ECB has pledged their total support for the player should he be charged by ICC."

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Image: James Anderson
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Anderson claim is tactic by India: Cook

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India's accusation that paceman Jimmy Anderson "abused and pushed" spinner Ravindra Jadeja during the first drawn Test at Trent Bridge may be a tactical move by the tourists, England skipper Alastair Cook said on Wednesday.

"Jimmy is an outstanding bowler with a fantastic record. It’s probably a tactic by India, if we are being honest," Cook told reporters.

Asked if India would rather have Anderson out of the England team than in it, Cook said: “Yeah, I think so, I think that’s pretty much where it’s come from."

Cook said he would not be telling Anderson to tone down his natural aggression during the Test.

"He is a very competitive guy. Jimmy is up for the game and desperate to do well for England."

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Image: James Anderson and Alastair Cook during a training session
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Anderson complaint threatens to sour India-England relations

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As England paceman Jimmy Anderson faces the prospect of a ban following a complaint from India, relations between the sides are in danger of becoming seriously soured in the wake of the latest contentious issue involving the Asian powerhouse.

Trent Bridge has witnessed a fair bit of bad blood between India and England in the past.

In 2007, India's pace spearhead Zaheer Khan accused England of throwing jelly beans on the pitch while he batted, which spiralled into a major controversy.

The visitors, under Rahul Dravid, won the series 1-0 with a win at the same venue after Zaheer's heroics with the ball.

Trent Bridge averted a major dispute the last time India toured the country in 2011 when Ian Bell was contentiously run out at the stroke of tea, having left the crease thinking the ball was dead.

Visiting skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni diffused the tension by withdrawing the appeal after being approached by England captain Andrew Strauss and coach Andy Flower during the tea break, letting Bell bat again after the interval.

The latest Trent Bridge spat comes a month after ICC restructuring saw the India and England boards, along with Australia, join forces to overhaul the sport's governing body for a bigger share of revenue.


Image: James Anderson (right) speaks to England captain Alastair Cook
Photographs: Gareth Copley/Getty Images

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