James Anderson continues to have a mixed series against India © Getty Images
James Anderson continues to have a mixed series against India © Getty Images

Jul 31, 2014

England bowler James Anderson, who finished with five for 53 on his 32nd birthday after taking the final two wickets in India‘s first innings 330 in the third Test at Southampton, risked being spoilt after play ended on Day Four. He appeared to have words with not India batsman Ajinkya Rahane before Australian umpire Rod Tucker intervened in a bid to calm tempers. Anderson is already facing disciplinary action by the International Cricket Council following his bust-up with India’s Ravindra Jadeja during the drawn first Test at Trent Bridge that could yet see him banned from the rest of this series.

“I was not aware of it, I’m sure it was nothing,” said Joe Root when asked about Anderson’s exchange with Rahane. Root said aggression was a central feature of Anderson’s make-up as the leader of England’s attack. “He has had it all his career, he has done fantastically well and hopefully we will continue to take wickets,” said Root.

Asked if Lancashire’s Anderson was in a happier mood because it was his birthday, the 23-year-old Root — who plays for arch-rivals Yorkshire — said: “No…he’s more grumpy because he is a year older.”