Home > News >

India vs England 2014, 4th Test at Manchester: Alastair Cook urges England to play competitive cricket

Alastair Cook believes © Getty images
Alastair Cook bounced back to form in the third Test and is looking to carry that forward at Manchester © Getty images

By Julian Guyer

Manchester: Aug 6, 2014

Alastair Cook said there was no need for England to adopt a “nicey-nicey” approach after the International Cricket Council (ICC) confirmed they would not appeal against the decision to clear James Anderson over claims he pushed and abused India’s Ravindra Jadeja. Judicial commissioner Gordon Lewis last week cleared England paceman Anderson of breaching the ICC’s code of conduct after he clashed with Jadeja during the drawn first Test at Trent Bridge.

Following a complaint from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), the ICC said on Tuesday that it would review Lewis’s decision, but it has decided to accept his findings. However, what is not in dispute is Anderson’s fondness for ‘sledging’ — verbally abusing opposition batsmen

England great Geoffrey Boycott, while hailing Anderson as the country’s best bowler since Ian Botham, urged the Lancashire seamer to modify his approach. “Jimmy should reflect on whether he wants to be remembered as one of the all-time great English seam bowlers or a foul-mouthed abusive bowler,” said Boycott in his Daily Telegraph column published on Wednesday.

“To me it is a no-brainer. James Anderson should zip it up and bowl.” And in confirming the ICC would take no further action against Anderson, chief executive, David Richardson, a former South Africa wicketkeeper, said: “We must reiterate that there is no place in the game for the use of offensive language that is personally insulting of one player by another.”

However, Cook, speaking later on Wednesday, insisted he had no qualms regarding the behaviour of the 32-year-old Anderson, now just 12 wickets off equaling Botham’s England record of 383 Test wickets. “We know every time that you put on the shirt as an England player or any international you’re a role model for young kids,” Cook said.

“We also want to play competitive cricket, we don’t want it to be too nicey-nicey. There’s always that muddied line. There’s little bits where he (Anderson) might have overstepped the mark occasionally throughout his career, but you’d rather him be on the line than too passive,” said Cook.

Anderson and Jadeja were seen to exchange words on the second day of the first Test on July 10 as the players left the field at lunch and India alleged that this had escalated into a physical confrontation inside the pavilion.  But Lewis, a retired Australian judge, found Anderson not guilty of a Level Three offence of “abusing and pushing” Jadeja, who had a fine for a less serious Level One offence rescinded.

Anderson could have been banned for up to four Test matches if he had been found guilty. But the ICC’s decision not to appeal against Lewis’s findings means that he is now free to concentrate on the fourth Test at his home ground of Old Trafford in Manchester, which begins on Thursday, with the five-match series currently tied at 1-1.

Anderson’s return of seven for 77 saw him named man of the match in England’s 266-run victory in the third Test at Southampton, a result that ended a run of 10 successive Tests without a win for Cook’s side. “It’s great that this is now behind him,” Cook said. “He gets to play in a home Test match. I think that’s what the biggest concern was — that he wouldn’t get to play at Old Trafford..

India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni added: “It is time for us to move ahead.” However, Anderson’s persistent ‘sledging’ had clearly annoyed Dhoni. “If someone is consistent with his abuse he should be punished, it doesn’t matter who he is. We have to monitor it constantly, but at the same time it’s important that we play strong cricket,” said Dhoni.

Catch all the stories on the Ravindra Jadeja-James Anderson spat

Complete coverage of India’s tour of England 2014

World T20 League 2014

Sep 18, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Mohali

World T20 League 2014

Sep 19, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Raipur

World T20 League 2014

Sep 20, 2014 (16:00 IST)   at Mohali

World T20 League 2014

Sep 20, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Mohali

World T20 League 2014

Sep 21, 2014 (16:00 IST)   at Hyderabad

More

World T20 League 2014

Sep 17, 2014  at Hyderabad

Kolkata Knight Riders won by 3 wkts

World T20 League 2014

Sep 16, 2014  at Raipur

Northern Knights won by 6 wkts

World T20 League 2014

Sep 16, 2014  at Raipur

Lahore Lions won by 55 runs

World T20 League 2014

Sep 14, 2014  at Raipur

Mumbai Indians won by 9 wkts

World T20 League 2014

Sep 14, 2014  at Raipur

Northern Knights won by 72 runs

Photos

West Indies vs Bangladesh, 2nd Test at Gros Islet

Videos

Anderson plays golf with Jaguar competition winners

Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) vs Hobart Hurricanes CLT20 2014 Match 2: Hobart Hurricanes’ likely XI

Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) vs Hobart Hurricanes CLT20 2014 Match 2: KXIP’s likely XI

Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) vs Hobart Hurricanes CLT20 2014 Match 2: Key battles

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) vs Chennai Super Kings (CSK) CLT20 2014 Match 1: Highlights

Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) vs Hobart Hurricanes CLT20 2014 Match 2 Preview: Both teams look to make solid start

Bangladesh Bangladesh vs West Indies Bangladesh vs West Indies 2014 Champions League T20 Champions League T20 2014 Chennai Super Kings CLT20 CLT20 2014 Kolkata Knight Riders Lahore Lions Mumbai Indians Northern Knights Southern Express West Indies West Indies vs Bangladesh 2014

CLT20 2014: Unbeaten Northern Knights to face Cape Cobras at Raipur

Brendon McCullum keen to provide evidence in the match-fixing case

Sanjay Bangar: Don’t label coaches as Indian or foreign

Chris Cairns cleans bus shelters in Auckland to make ends meet

James Sutherland re-appointed Cricket Australia CEO

Michael Clarke’s injury woes affect Australia’s long-term plans

Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) vs Hobart Hurricanes CLT20 2014 Match 2: Hobart Hurricanes’ likely XI

Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) vs Hobart Hurricanes CLT20 2014 Match 2: KXIP’s likely XI

Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) vs Hobart Hurricanes CLT20 2014 Match 2: Key battles

Shivnarine Chanderpaul: First batsman to witness 500 dismissals from the other end in Test cricket

Fan of the Day

Suraj Gowda

Suraj Gowda

636 Posts | 7 Fans

Video highlights: Ander Russell 58 for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) vs Chennai Super Kings (CSK) CLT20 2014

Watch Bhopal A Prayer For Rain trailer: A social thriller based on Bhopal Gas Tragedy

Asian Games 2014: SAI launches inquiry into sexual harassment allegations even as gymnastics coach flies to Incheon

Amazon Kindle Voyage is a $199 ebook reader for people who love to read

Shahid Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor at a mobile launch- View pics!

Apple pulls HealthKit apps at the last moment after bug found

Jacqueline Fernandez to sport a grungy look in Ranbir Kapoor starrer Roy

Ebola in India: Have Ayurveda doctors in Karnataka found Ebola cure?

त्वचा के लिए प्रकृति का वरदान है अनार

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here