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Caution over Anderson hearing

James Anderson’s disciplinary hearing over an alleged altercation with India all-rounder Ravinda Jadeja has begun and Sky Sports cricket pundits have had their say on the issues surrounding the incident.

The England pace bowler, who was man of the match in the third Test win over India at the Ageas Bowl, stands accused of 'abusing and pushing' Jadeja during last month's first Investec Test at Trent Bridge.

Forrmer England captain Sir Ian Botham has called for more clarification on the incident which occurred in the tunnel out of the public glare as the players left the Nottinghamshire pitch.

\"No one really knows what's going on and I mean that in a sense that nobody knows what actually happened until that's all cleared," Botham told Sky Sports.

\"The Indians are still extremely upset and annoyed so if something has happened then Jimmy will be banned but if he hasn't then we will all get on with playing cricket.\"

"He has been the leader of the pack for some time now, is a world class bowler and everybody fears playing against him.

"Old Trafford is his home ground, he knows the wicket there he's probably expecting a little more pace and bounce so yeah we will just have to keep our fingers crossed and see what happens.

Anderson may not discover his fate, which could be up to a four-Test ban if found guilty, and former England skipper Bob Willis admits he is unsure which way the verdict will go.

\"The last thing we want to see is cricketers being banned from playing Test matches particularly someone as entertaining as entertaining as James Anderson,\" he said.

\"But you know MS Doni has a tremendous reputation in the world of cricket and he was right next to Jadeja when they walked off the field and I cannot believe he would want to evoke a level three charge if there wasn't something in it.

\"So I think we have to be very careful about saying that it is a storm in a tea cup.\"

Ravi Shastri, former Indian cricket captain, questioned why video footage of the incident had not been made available and suggested cameras should be in place in dressing room areas.

\"Some of the newspapers in India allegedly have some video footage and that could be crucial," he said. "If there is some video footage that could play a massive role.

\"My argument is why isn't there video footage already? It's a serious mistake if there is no footage outside the dressing rooms, you must have it.

\"If this happened, probably in India, and there was an issue regarding fixing or anything of that sort this would be a major controversy.\"

Watch England take on India, with or without Anderson, in the fourth Test live on Sky Sports 2HD from August 7.