James Anderson, ICC, Reprimand
James Anderson. Credits: Getty Images

England’s premier fast bowler James Anderson has been reprimanded for showing dissent in the ongoing first Test match against Sri Lanka. Anderson has received one demerit point for breaking the Level One of ICC Code of Conduct. The incident happened on the second day’s play in the ongoing first Test match.

Anderson was found to have violated Article 2.8 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to “showing dissent at an umpire’s decision during an international match”.

James Anderson
James Anderson. (Photo by Philip Brown/Getty Images)

Anderson now has two demerit points.

Thus, Anderson now has two demerit points in his bag. Anderson had also received one demerit point in the fifth and final Test match against India at Oval.

The incident took place in the 39th over of the Sri Lankan batting innings. Anderson showed his frustration by complaining against the umpire decision. Furthermore, the talisman fast bowler threw the ball into the pitch. Anderson had also received the first official warning from the umpire for running on the pitch.

After the day’s play, Anderson admitted his offense and accepted the sanction proposed by match referee Andy Pycroft. Therefore, there was no need for a formal hearing.

James Anderson, ICC, Reprimand
James Anderson. Credits: Getty Images

The charge was imposed by on-field umpires Gaffaney and Marais Erasmus, third umpire S Ravi and fourth umpire Ruchira Palliyaguruge.

Meanwhile, Level One breaches generally carry one or two demerit points, official reprimand and a maximum penalty of 50% match fees.

England currently leads by 256 runs in the second innings. Thus, the visitors are in a dominating position in the first match. England had already won the ODI as well as the T20I series against Sri Lanka.

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