England's Anderson charged with misconduct

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England fast bowler James Anderson has been charged by the ICC with a level three breach of the Code of Conduct, after India complained to the match referee that Anderson shoved Ravindra Jadeja during the first Test.

England fast bowler James Anderson has been charged by the ICC with a level three breach of the Code of Conduct, after India complained to the match referee that Anderson shoved Ravindra Jadeja during the first Test.

Anderson is alleged to have shouted abuse at the all-rounder, as well as pushing him, according to India team manager Sunil Dev, who told <i>Cricinfo</i> that he had lodged the complaint, not the umpires.

Dev said: "Mahi [Dhoni] and everyone complained that he [Anderson] physically touched him [Jadeja] and pushed him. It was all over the dressing room.

"It is serious matter only because you can't push anybody. So I put in a complaint with the match referee."

Anderson now has 14 days before a hearing will be called, during which players from both sides could be called to give evidence, as it were. If found guilty, Anderson could be banned for at least two Tests, and up to four games.

The Code, under Article 2.3.3, states: "Where the facts of the alleged incident are not adequately or clearly covered by any of the above offences, conduct that either: (a) is contrary to the spirit of the game; or (b) brings the game into disrepute.

"Level 3 charges are referred to a Judicial Commissioner for adjudication. As such, where required under Article 5.2 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, the ICC will appoint a Judicial Commissioner who will hold a hearing as soon as reasonably practicable. These details will be announced in due course.

"All Level 3 breaches carry a penalty of between four and eight suspension points. Two suspension points equates to a ban of one Test, or two ODIs, depending on which type of match is scheduled next for the suspended player."

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