ICC reprimand Anderson for breaching Code of Conduct
James Anderson was earlier warned by the filed umpire for running on the wicket.
England fast bowler James Anderson has received an official reprimand and one demerit point for breaching the ICC Code of Conduct during the second day’s play in the first Test against Sri Lanka in Galle on Wednesday.
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.”
The incident happened in the 39th over of Sri Lanka’s innings when Anderson showed dissent by first complaining at the umpire’s decision and then throwing the ball into the pitch after Umpire Chirs Gaffney warned him for running on the wicket.
The charge was levelled by on-field umpires Gaffney and Marais Erasmus, third umpire S Ravi and fourth umpire Ruchira Palliyaguruge. No formal hearing was done because of the voluntary admission of Anderson after the match and accepting the punishment of match referee Any Pycroft.
Anderson now has two demerit points against his name after he had received one demerit point for showing dissent during the second day of the fifth Test against India at The Oval in September.
Level 1 breaches carry a minimum penalty of an official reprimand, a maximum penalty of 50 per cent of a player’s match fee, and one or two demerit points.
England are leading by 250 runs after restricting Sri Lanka to 203 in reply to their 342 runs first innings. England have still seven wickets left in hand in their second innings with Keaton Jennings and Ben Stokes are unbeaten in wicket.