#IndiaInEngland: James Anderson handed one demerit point
England champion bowler James Anderson has been handed one demerit point by the ICC, for showing dissent at an umpire's decision. This is Anderson's first misdeed since the introduction of the revised code in 2016. The bowler picked two wickets on Day 2 of the 5th Test at the Oval. India are displaying resistance on Day 3 post England's 332. Here's more.
Anderson also fined 15% of his match fee
Besides the demerit point, Anderson was fined 15% of his match fee for breaching Level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct. The veteran fast bowler breached Article 2.1.5 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".
Incident occurred after an unsuccessful LBW review
The incident occurred in the 29th over of India's innings when he was bowling against Virat Kohli. Anderson spoke to umpire Kumar Dharmasena in an aggressive manner after snatching his cap and jumper. Anderson had an unsuccessful LBW review against Virat and that got him angry. He went on to admit the wrongdoing as he accepted the sanction imposed.
Anderson hasn't taken Kohli's wicket even once in this series
Anderson has been in deadly form with the ball and has already accounted for 21 wickets in the series. But none of them has Kohli's name written in the column. The Indian skipper has been smart in fending off Anderson and giving him the respect he deserves. This frustration could have triggered Anderson's reaction after an unsuccessful review.
England in a position of comfort at the Oval
England are in a comfortable position at the moment. They will be hoping that Anderson and the rest of the attack come out all guns blazing and remove the tail quickly. England lead the series 3-1.