James Anderson & Ravindra Jadeja Found Not Guilty
The pair were cleared of Level 1 (Jadeja) and Level 3 (Anderson) breaches of the Code of Conduct at a disciplinary hearing held in Southampton.
Judicial Commissioner Gordon Lewis AM chaired the hearing and decided that neither player should be punished for their actions.
"His Honor Gordon Lewis AM, 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 confirmed.
"The Judicial Commissioner reached his decisions following a six-hour hearing, which took place via videoconference.
"Witnesses, including some Indian and English players, provided evidence and were cross-examined by the respective legal counsels.
"The ECB and Anderson were represented in the hearings by Nick De Marco while Adam Lewis QC represented Jadeja.
"The hearings were also attended by the two team managers, the ECB’s Paul Downton, the BCCI’s Sundar Raman and MV Sridhar, the ICC’s General Manager – Cricket, Geoff Allardice, and the ICC’s Ethics and Regulatory lawyer, Sally Clark."
Lewis was brought in as a judicial commissioner to hear the case because of the seriousness of a Level 3 charge. Had Anderson been found guilty he may have been banned for the final two Tests of the series.
However, both players are now free to play in the fourth Test, which gets underway at Anderson's home ground of Old Trafford, this Thursday (7th August).
The five-match series is level at 1-1.
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