The England and Wales Cricket Board have reacted with anger to the news that fast bowler James Anderson has been charged with a level three offence by the ICC, which could see him banned for up to four Tests.

The England and Wales Cricket Board have reacted with anger to the news that fast bowler James Anderson has been charged with a level three offence by the ICC, which could see him banned for up to four Tests.

Anderson was reported to the match referee at Trent Bridge by the India management, for allegedly shoving and shouting abuse at Ravindra Jadeja during the match. He now has to stand before a hearing panel in the next two weeks.

The ECB were outraged by the news, saying in a statement: "The ECB has today reacted with surprise that the India team has made allegations against James Anderson under Level 3 of the ICC Code of Conduct for a minor incident involving Ravindra Jadeja during the first Investec Test match at Trent Bridge.

"In the light of this the ECB has notified the ICC of its intention to lodge code of conduct breaches against Jadeja.

"James Anderson categorically denies the accusations made against him and the ECB has pledged their total support for the player should he be charged by ICC.

"Under ICC Code of Conduct regulations the ECB cannot make any further comment and enquiries should be directed to the ICC in Dubai."