James Anderson has been cleared to play in the fourth Investec Test against India after he was found not guilty of breaching the International Cricket Council’s Code of Conduct.
An ICC statement confirmed the decision following a six-hour hearing into the alleged incident between Anderson and India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja during the first Investec Test at Trent Bridge.
“His Honor Gordon Lewis AM, the Judicial Commissioner, has found both England’s James Anderson and Ravindra Jadeja of India not guilty of breaching the ICC Code of Conduct,” the ICC statement read.
“The Judicial Commissioner reached his decisions following a six-hour hearing, which took place via videoconference. Witnesses, including some Indian and English players, provided evidence and were cross-examined by the respective legal counsels.
“The ECB and Anderson were represented in the hearings by Nick De Marco while Adam Lewis QC represented Jadeja.
“The hearings were also attended by the two team managers, the ECB’s Paul Downton, the BCCI’s Sundar Raman and MV Sridhar, the ICC’s general manager – Cricket, Geoff Allardice, and the ICC’s ethics and regulatory lawyer, Sally Clark.”
Anderson, who is the leading wicket-taker in the Investec series, had faced the prospect of being ruled out of his home Test at Emirates Old Trafford after being charged with a level three breach of the ICC Code of Conduct.
The fourth Test begins next Thursday with the series level at 1-1 following England's 266-run success at the Ageas Bowl.