Jadeja Episode Made Me More Determined - Anderson
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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9th-13th July: 1st Test, Trent Bridge, NottinghamIndia 457 & 391-9 dec. (Binny 78) drew with
England 496 (Root 154no, Anderson 81)
17th-21st July: 2nd Test, Lord's, LondonIndia 295 & 342 (Vijay 95, Jadeja 68) beat
England 319 & 223 (Sharma 7-74) by 95 runs
27th-31st July: 3rd Test, The Ageas Bowl, SouthamptonEngland 569-7 dec. & 205-4 dec. beat
India 330 & 178 (Ali 6-67) by 266 runs
7th-11th August: 4th Test, Emirates Old Trafford, ManchesterEngland 367 (Root 77, Buttler 70) beat
India 152 & 166 by an innings & 54 runs
15th-19th August: 5th Test, The Kia Oval, LondonEngland 486 (Root 149no, Cook 79) beat
India 148 & 94 by an innings & 244 runs
25th August: 1st ODI, BristolMatch abandoned without a ball being bowled due to rain
27th August: 2nd ODI, SWALEC Stadium, CardiffIndia 304-6 (Raina 100, Woakes 4-52) beat
England 161 (Jadeja 4-28) by 133 runs (D/L)
30th August: 3rd ODI, Trent Bridge, NottinghamIndia 228-4 (Rayudu 64no) beat
England 227 (Cook 44) by six wickets
2nd September: 4th ODI, Edgbaston, BirminghamIndia 212-1 (Rahane 106, Dhawan 97no) beat
England 206 (Moeen Ali 67) by nine wickets
5th September: 5th ODI, Headingley, LeedsEngland 294-7 (Root 113, Buttler 49) beat
India 253 (Jadeja 87) by 41 runs
7th September: T20I, Edgbaston, BirminghamEngland 180-7 (Morgan 71, Hales 40)
India 177-5 (Kohli 66) by three runs