India humiliated as Anderson cleared of all charges
Published 02/08/2014 | 02:30
James Anderson and Ravindra Jadeja have both been found not guilty of charges laid against them, a finding that represents clear humiliation for India and their captain MS Dhoni, who initiated proceedings after a spat between the two at Trent Bridge.
The judicial hearing was by video conference to Gordon Lewis, a retired Australian judge who was in Melbourne. It began at 9.0am and lasted six hours before Lewis took just minutes to form judgment.
It is a chastening verdict for cricket's leading power, who had already thrown their weight around by appealing against Jadeja's fine under level one, an offence that has no redress under International Cricket Council protocols.
India's players have long thought Anderson's boorish sledging to be unacceptable and their admission probably weakened their case here which smacked of opportunism to get the bowler for past misdemeanours.
Dhoni's persistence with the charge, after the two boards had instructed the players to sort it out, made it look like a personal crusade.
You cannot hope to get a player banned (the intended outcome once India had lodged a level three complaint) for being annoying, that is a separate matter, and with no independent witnesses and no video evidence for the alleged spat in the Trent Bridge pavilion (which India claimed to have) Lewis clearly found there was no case to answer.
Reaction from India's camp has been muted with a senior official saying they were delighted that Jadeja's fine, handed to him by David Boon, the match referee, had been quashed.
Anderson (left) was said to be euphoric afterwards. As a renowned sledger, Anderson may have been fortunate that a former Australian judge heard his case, Australia being the home of the unwitty practice.
"Jimmy plays it hard on the pitch, I think that is what international sport is," said coach Peter Moores yesterday before the verdict. "Players putting everything on the line when they play is what people come to watch." (© Daily Telegraph, London)