England pacer James Anderson has attributed his phenomenal performance with the ball against India to the fall-out from his row with Ravindra Jadeja. According to Anderson, the episode made him more determined to perform on the field.
Anderson led the England bowling attack from the front and was instrumental in his team’s 3-1 series victory against India. He picked 25 wickets at an average of 20.60 making him the leading wicket-taker in the Test series.
At the end of the Trent Bridge Test, the Indian team management brought a level three charge against Anderson for allegedly pushing and abusing Jadeja in a pavilion incident. The charges were later dismissed by the ICC code of conduct commissioner Gordon Lewis.
In light of the controversial incident, Anderson decided to let the ball do most of the talking.
"Possibly, in the last few games, I have concentrated more on being aggressive with the ball rather than my mouth," Anderson said.
"I think I tried to be as aggressive. Whether I tried to say any less, I don't know. But I think the Jadeja incident made me more determined to perform on the field.
Anderson stated his side was focused on winning the game by ignoring the reports in the media surrounding the 'push-gate' controversy.
"At Southampton, when the stuff was going on around before and after the game, we were so focused on winning that game, and since then we've not let India back into the series."
England went on to win the Southampton Test by a whopping 266-run margin in which Anderson was presented the man-of-the-match award for picking up seven wickets in the match.
After leveling the series at Southampton, England went on to win the remaining two Test matches at Manchester (by an innings and 54 runs) and The Oval (by an innings and 244 runs) convincingly to rout the visitors.
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