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Anderson charged by ICC

England bowler James Anderson has been charged under Level 3 of the ICC Code of Conduct following a complaint of misconduct made by the Indian cricket team.

Anderson has been charged for allegedly abusing and pushing Ravindra Jadeja immediately after they left the field for lunch on the second day of the first Test between England and India at Trent Bridge.

It is alleged that this was a continuation of a verbal altercation between Anderson and Jadeja as they were walking from the field.

If found guilty, Anderson faces a penalty of between four and eight suspension points which would see the fast bowler miss between two and four Test matches.

However, it is understood that Anderson is in little danger of being ruled out of the second Test at Lord's this week - or probably the third in Southampton - because any hearing is unlikely to take place in that timescale.

The England and Wales Cricket Board had previously stated its intention to contest the misconduct allegations against Anderson and seek sanction against Jadeja.

A statement from the ECB read: \"The England and Wales Cricket Board has today reacted with surprise that the India team has made allegations against James Anderson under Level 3 of the ICC Code of Conduct for a minor incident involving Ravindra Jadeja during the first Investec Test match at Trent Bridge.

\"In the light of this the ECB has notified the ICC of its intention to lodge code of conduct breaches against Jadeja.

\"James Anderson categorically denies the accusations made against him and the ECB have pledged their total support for the player should he be charged by ICC.\"

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