Southampton - England's James Anderson and India's Ravindra Jadeja were both found not guilty on Friday of breaching the International Cricket Council's code of conduct, the global governing body has announced in a statement.
Lancashire paceman Anderson, who had been at risk of being banned
from the remainder of the England-India Test series, is now free to play
in both the final two Tests.
Jadeja, meanwhile, had his previously imposed 50 percent match fee fine of rescinded.
charged Anderson and England counter-charged all-rounder Jadeja under
the ICC code regarding an incident that took place during the lunch
break on the second day of the drawn first Test at Trent Bridge on July
Anderson and Jadeja, batting at the time, were seen exchanging
words as the players left the field during the lunch break on the
second day of the first Test.
It was then alleged that this had
escalated into a more serious disagreement, beyond public view, when the
players reached the privacy of the pavilion.
presided over by Gordon Lewis, a retired Australian judge, saw Jadeja
appealing against a Level One fine under the ICC code imposed by match
referee David Boon, the former Australia batsman.
The more serious
Level Three charges being brought by India against Anderson for
allegedly "abusing and pushing" Jadeja were being heard for the first
"His Honor Gordon Lewis, the judicial commissioner, has
found both England's James Anderson and Ravindra Jadeja of India not
guilty of breaching the ICC code of conduct," an ICC statement issued
after the hearing said.
England will be hugely relieved that
fast-medium bowler Anderson, their series-leading wicket-taker, and
named man-of-the-match for his seven for 77 at the Ageas Bowl in the
team's first Test match win for nearly a year, has been cleared to play
in the final two Tests.
Lewis's decision means the 32-year-old
Anderson could yet become England's leading all-time Test wicket-taker
before the end of the season.
He currently has 371 Test wickets, 12 shy of Ian Botham's England record of 383.
The current five-match series is currently level at 1-1 after England won the third Test at Southampton by 266 runs on Thursday.
The fourth Test at Old Trafford, Anderson's home ground, starts on 7 August.
ICC statement added: "The judicial commissioner reached his decisions
following a six-hour hearing, which took place via video conference."
including some Indian and English players, provided evidence and were
cross-examined by the respective legal counsels.
were also attended by the two team managers, the ECB's Paul Downton, the
BCCI's (Board of Control for Cricket in India's) Sundar Raman and MV
Sridhar, the ICC's general manager-cricket, Geoff Allardice, and the
ICC's ethics and regulatory lawyer, Sally Clark."