James Anderson says the ‘Ravindra Jadeja’ incident had an impact on him during the World Cup

England’s premier pace bowler James Anderson will be appearing for his 100th Test on Monday, when the side takes on West Indies at Antigua on Monday. Anderson is four wickets short of Sir Ian Botham’s tally of 383 wickets and is expected to surpass him in this Test.

Much was expected out of him during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, but Anderson failed to live up to the expectations as England failed to proceed to the next round of the tournament. Anderson on Sunday said that his unsavoury altercation with India’s Ravindra Jadeja at Trent Bridge cricket ground in 2014 compromised his effectiveness in the World Cup. He picked up five wickets in six matches.

At that point, Anderson was charged with a Level 3 breach of the ICC Code of Conduct after India alleged that the bowler pushed Jadeja inside the pavilion as the players left the field for the lunch on the second day of the first Test. Later, charges against both players were dismissed but Anderson said that the sense of being monitored by the ICC had left him a more subdued bowler, who lacked his usual aggression, which he believes, was a key element in his game.

In an interview with ESPNcricinfo, the 32-year-old said he got affected by the Jadeja incident. He said, “I’ve definitely been different since that incident. And it probably affected me during the World Cup. It didn’t affect me during that India series because there was still that real determination to win. I was aggressive without being over the top. But in the World Cup, there was a constant sense that the International Cricket Council (ICC) were watching.”