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HindustanTimes Sun,21 Sep 2014

Cricket

Anderson admits he abused, threatened Jadeja
Sanjjeev K Samyal , Hindustan Times
Manchester, August 03, 2014
First Published: 00:51 IST(3/8/2014)
Last Updated: 16:05 IST(3/8/2014)

As the players neared the steps leading to the dressing rooms of Trent Bridge, Anderson pushed Jadeja from behind while calling out, “You f***ing c**t, get inside your dressing room or I will come to your dressing room and break your teeth”.

The England fast bowler’s shocking language has come to light following revelations from the judicial hearing held to probe the altercation between James Anderson and Ravindra Jadeja during the first Test at Trent Bridge.

It is learnt that in the six-hour hearing on Friday, Anderson was asked if he abused Jadeja, to which the player admitted he had. The next question to Anderson was: “Was it in the spirit of the game?” Anderson admitted: “No”.

The bowler also didn’t contest the charge that he called Jadeja a “f***ing pr**k” and a “f***ing c**t”. Anderson was charged with a level 3 violation based on India’s contention that this was an act of aggression and not in self defence.

In their statements, India captain MS Dhoni and other witnesses alleged that Anderson kept abusing Jadeja all the way from the wicket to the dressing room when the teams walked off for lunch on the second day. Anderson had started abusing Jadeja profusely after the batsman played and missed a few deliveries. In fact, at the start of the final over before lunch, the umpire had warned Anderson: “Not one more word, now”.

It was when Anderson threatened to break Jadeja’s teeth that Dhoni stepped in and dared him to do so. The skipper admitted to this during cross-examination.

But England players, who appeared as witnesses, defended Anderson and in the absence of any video evidence, it became one side’s words against another and both players were let off.

The judicial commissioner’s written verdict is expected in a day. It remains to be seen whether the England player will be reprimanded for abusing a rival player.

India can’t appeal against this decision as rules say that only the ICC chief executive can challenge the verdict pronounced by the judicial commissioner, Gordon Lewis.

The India players, however, are stunned that despite admitting to abusing and pushing, Anderson got away without a ban. It has left the team demoralised.

Tough to digest
So sure were they of Anderson getting disciplined, it will be difficult for them to stomach the fact that their arch rival in the third Test will be opening the England attack at Old Trafford. Knowing Anderson, they are sure he will not miss a chance to mock at them. 

Ever since India laid the charge, Anderson has been relatively subdued. Known to let off a tirade at every opportunity, the fast bowler often was restrained, even when he was bowling to Jadeja.

But the ICC verdict will be a shot in the arm of the bowler, and with their confidence high after the huge victory at Rose Bowl, the last two Tests and the rest of the series could be an entirely different ball game.


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