Jadeja Issue Affected Me - James Anderson
England pacer James Anderson claims that the incident with India’s Ravindra Jadeja during the Test series at home last year has affected the former’s game particularly in the World Cup where he managed just five wickets from six games.
Anderson opined that the constant thought of being watched upon by the International Cricket Council (ICC) had affected his aggressive instincts as a pacer in the showpiece event.
“I've definitely been different since that incident," Anderson said.
"And it probably affected me during the World Cup.”
Anderson was charged for a Level 3 breach of the ICC Code of Conduct after the Indians complained that the pacer had pushed Jadeja inside the pavilion while the players were leaving for the lunch break.
Although the charges against both players were dropped later, Anderson insisted that the incident affected him as a bowler thereafter.
"It didn't affect me during that India series because there was still that real determination to win; I was aggressive without being over the top.
"But in the World Cup, there was a constant sense that the ICC were watching.”
Anderson cited the Wahab Riaz-Shane Watson incident during the World Cup as an example to prove his point.
Riaz’s memorable spell against Watson included some heated exchanges between the two of them which resulted in the ICC fining both players for inappropriate behavior.
"So we saw that great spell from Wahab Riaz to Shane Watson (in Adelaide) and they were fined after that.
“It puts you off."
Anderson who has accounted for 380 wickets from 99 Tests at 29.72 termed aggression as a key ingredient in his bowling.
"What comes naturally to me is being aggressive," he said.
"And I think that's worked for me in the past.”
While his skills as a bowler are proven, people have often voiced their disapproval over Anderson’s aggressive antics on the field.
The first Test of the three-match series between England and West Indies starting on Monday will be Anderson's 100th Test.
While Anderson hopes to rediscover his aggressive ways in the series, he is also well aware of the need to toe the line.
"Obviously you have to stay within the boundaries and within the spirit of the game.
“But I think it did affect me during the World Cup.
"Hopefully it won't here.
"It's about trying to find a balance."
Anderson is just four wickets away from breaking Sir Ian Botham’s tally of 383 Test wickets which is the most by an English bowler in the five-day format.
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