England captain Alastair Cook has no intention of tempering side’s behaviour in the aftermath of James Anderson’s disciplinary hearing, claiming international cricket should never be “nicey nicey”.
Anderson heads into Thursday’s fourth Investec Test against India with all threat of punishment lifted, the International Cricket Council having declined to appeal against judicial commissioner Gordon Lewis’ ruling on the seamer’s altercation with Ravindra Jadeja.
That provides a long-awaited full stop to the saga, which saw the tourists lay a level three charge against Anderson for allegedly pushing and abusing Jadeja in the pavilion during the Trent Bridge Test.
Jadeja was in turn charged with a lesser offence by England, and initially fined, but Lewis threw out both cases citing inconclusive evidence.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India had urged ICC chief executive Dave Richardson to use his right of appeal but the South African opted to let the matter rest.
Picking over the bones of the row at Emirates Old Trafford, Cook offered a staunch defence of Anderson’s on-field/off-field ‘split personality’.
“We know every time you pull on the shirt as an England player, or any international side, you are role models for anyone watching, we’re all aware of that,” said Cook.
“But we also want to play competitive cricket, we don’t want to be too nicey nicey, with everyone saying they’re playing in the right spirit. There’s always that muddied line.
“Of course there’s little bits where Jimmy might have overstepped the mark throughout his career but you’d rather be on that line than too passive.
“He’s a very different personality when he crosses the line and I don’t think anyone should moan about that because what happens on the field should stay on the field and off the field you should be a nice guy.
“I’ve been round for dinner with Jimmy and he doesn’t use that language with mum and dad.”