The International Cricket Council (ICC) says England bowler James Anderson will face a full disciplinary hearing on August 1 on a charge of pushing and abusing India’s Ravindra Jadeja. A preliminary hearing on Tuesday set the date.
Anderson is alleged to have pushed Jadeja when the teams were leaving the pitch at lunch on Day Two of the first Test at Trent Bridge. If the level three charge is upheld, Anderson could be banned for up to four Tests. The hearing is set for the day after the scheduled conclusion of the third Test at Southampton.
England responded to India’s complaint with a level two charge against Jadeja. The ICC says it is still working out the details of Jadeja’s hearing. Jadeja faces a one-Test ban and a fine of 50 to 100 per cent of his match fee.
The hearing came a day after India won the second Test at Lord’s to go 1-0 up in the series. In what many in India would see as poetic justice, Jadeja was the man who run out last-man Anderson in his own bowling to give India a famous win at Lord’s. The duo was later seen shaking hands after the end of the match.
Though no details were proved by the ICC, the full disciplinary hearing could witness Gautam Gambhir and R Ashwin deposing before the panel. They were the ones who had witnessed Anderson pushing Jadeja.
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KP eager to return
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Ishant, Bhuvi move up
Ishant Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Murali Vijay and Ajinkya Rahane moved up in the latest ICC Test Rankings. Ishant jumped three places to return to the top-20 of the Test bowlers’ chart for the first time in three years. Ishant is now 20th. Kumar has vaulted 12 places to claim 34th position with teammate Ravindra Jadeja in 28th position. Vijay rocketed 11 places to claim a career-best 19th spot while Rahane has gained 11 places on the table and is now sitting in the 35th position.