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James Anderson pleads guilty of pushing Ravindra Jadeja; says no malice intended

James Anderson bowled brilliantly in the third Test match at Southampton © Getty Images
James Anderson has had a mixed series with controversy overshadowing his on-field performance © Getty Images

Aug 1, 2014

The English fast bowler who performed exceptionally well with the ball in the third Test had accepted that he pushed Ravindra Jadeja during the first Test at Trent Bridge, however, he said no malice was intended. Anderson pleaded guilty at the ICC hearing at Southampton on Friday.

ICC is likely to lower Anderson’s  offence. ICC is also likely to revoke Jadeja’s punishment, reports Times Now. Earlier,  the Indian team had filed a complaint, but Alastair Cook had denied the incident to be too serious and said that Indians were making a mountain out of a mole hill. He added that he would be shocked if Anderson was banned for it. Recently, Ravindra Jadeja was fined 50% of his match-fee, by ICC match referee David Boon. MS Dhoni criticised the decision and said that it was hurtful.

“If you see what exactly happened… the umpire called ‘lunch’, and we started walking. I don’t want to take any individual’s name, but one used foul language against Jadeja. I had to step in the middle. By that time, we had reached the ropes, and I thought the thing was defused. Then, when we were going through the members’ area, I was ahead of Jadeja, who was a couple of yards behind me. Again, something happened. Something was told to him and he turned across to the individual. After that, he was pushed and he barely gained his balance. Then, he turned to see what was happening. On the basis of that, he is fined. We were told it was against the spirit of the game. But we can’t ignore whatever has happened… The bat was under his armpit throughout, and right from the call for lunch till the time he entered the dressing room, not one word was spoken by him (Jadeja). I don’t think there was even a bit of aggression in that and that’s the reason I’m very hurt by the verdict given.”, said Dhoni.

India and England are level on 1-1 after the end of third Test match. India had sealed an emphatic win in Lord’s, but England came back strongly to clinch victory at Southampton.

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