England got a massive unexpected relief on Friday when Judicial Commissioner Gordon Lewis found James Anderson not guilty in the Level 3 charge alleged by the Indian team. While India may be extremely disappointed with the verdict they would be content with the fact that their all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja was also not found guilty with his 50% match fees fine reversed.
Ravindra Jadeja and James Anderson were accused of breaching the ICC Code of Conduct in their altercation during the 1st Test at Trent Bridge, Nottingham.
Jimmy Anderson was facing a serious threat of getting banned for atleast two matches which would have weakened the English bowling attack immensely in the remainder of the 5-match Investec Series against India.
A six-hour hearing took place on Friday at Southampton with the Judicial Commissioner Gordon Lewis joining the conversation via Skype. The Indians could not prove that James Anderson had pushed Ravindra Jadeja due to the lack of any video evidence.
Of course Anderson did admit that he had pushed Jadeja but said that he was doing so in self defence after the latter turned towards him aggressively showing his bat. The incident wasn’t covered by any cameras and the charges on the two players were dropped due to the lack of visual evidence. As we know this incident between James Anderson and Ravindra Jadeja had taken place during the lunch break of the second day of the First Test at Trent Bridge in Nottingham.