Wednesday 6 August 2014 

Video - MS Dhoni Criticises Anderson Reprieve

Although India captain MS Dhoni says that it is time for his team to move on from the James Anderson/Ravindra Jadeja incident he remains unhappy at how the matter has been resolved.

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Both Anderson and Jadeja were cleared of breaching the ICC Code of Conduct following the incident at Trent Bridge, although Dhoni says that Anderson should have punished for verbal abuse.

Speaking at a press conference ahead of the fourth Test at Old Trafford, Dhoni began by lamenting that charges could not be upheld against Anderson due to a lack of evidence.

"Well I think in our society, there is something called evidence. And lack of evidence is also something," he said.

"What we are really talking about - it is mostly along those lines. But surely now, it is time for us to move ahead."

However, when pressed about the situation, Dhoni says, in no uncertain terms that he thinks Anderson's behaviour was unacceptable.

"If somebody is very consistent with the abuse, then definitely he should be punished.

"Doesn't matter who he is. Once the umpire goes and tells him like 'we have really had enough' and foul language should not be used on the field, that is the point where the individual doesn't curb his instinct, he needs to be punished.

"But it has shifted a lot the way that cricket is played, it is constantly on the move, so I think we will have to be careful as to where we are going," he added.

Reflecting on the way that the incident has come to overshadow the five-match series, which is level at 1-1, Dhoni maintains that his team were completely in the right to bring charges against Anderson.

"We brought forward something that we thought was unacceptable when it comes to the game of cricket.

"And beyond that, it is not in my jurisdiction to award penalties or punishments.

"I mean, what we thought was bad for the game of cricket we brought it forward.

"It is up to the ICC and others to decide what really gets done; it is nothing between me and Jimmy Anderson that, you know."

Video courtesy of SNTV

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9th-13th July: 1st Test, Trent Bridge, Nottingham
India 457 & 391-9 dec. (Binny 78) drew with
England 496 (Root 154no, Anderson 81)
17th-21st July: 2nd Test, Lord's, London
India 295 & 342 (Vijay 95, Jadeja 68) beat
England 319 & 223 (Sharma 7-74) by 95 runs
27th-31st July: 3rd Test, The Ageas Bowl, Southampton
England 569-7 dec. & 205-4 dec. beat
India 330 & 178 (Ali 6-67) by 266 runs
7th-11th August: 4th Test, Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester
England 367 (Root 77, Buttler 70) beat
India 152 & 166 by an innings & 54 runs
15th-19th August: 5th Test, The Kia Oval, London
England 486 (Root 149no, Cook 79) beat
India 148 & 94 by an innings & 244 runs
25th August: 1st ODI, Bristol
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27th August: 2nd ODI, SWALEC Stadium, Cardiff
India 304-6 (Raina 100, Woakes 4-52) beat
England 161 (Jadeja 4-28) by 133 runs (D/L)
30th August: 3rd ODI, Trent Bridge, Nottingham
India 228-4 (Rayudu 64no) beat
England 227 (Cook 44) by six wickets
2nd September: 4th ODI, Edgbaston, Birmingham
India 212-1 (Rahane 106, Dhawan 97no) beat
England 206 (Moeen Ali 67) by nine wickets
5th September: 5th ODI, Headingley, Leeds
England 294-7 (Root 113, Buttler 49) beat
India 253 (Jadeja 87) by 41 runs
7th September: T20I, Edgbaston, Birmingham
England 180-7 (Morgan 71, Hales 40)
India 177-5 (Kohli 66) by three runs