James Anderson: 'Common sense prevailed in Ravindra Jadeja case'

Indias Ravindra Jadeja shakes hands with Englands James Anderson after India win the match by 95 runs on the fifth day of the second cricket Test match between England and India at Lord's cricket ground in London on July 21, 2014
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England bowler James Anderson is relieved that "common sense prevailed" following his altercation with Ravindra Jadeja, but thinks that the disciplinary process "went too far".

James Anderson has claimed that too much was made of his altercation with Ravindra Jadeja and was relieved that "common sense prevailed" when he was cleared by the International Cricket Committee.

The England seamer had been forced to endure a long disciplinary process, which he admitted that he found "stressful", after an off-field incident with Jadeja during England's first Test with India this summer.

Anderson feels that the reaction to the squabble from the authorities was unnecessarily exaggerated, but is thankful for the support that he received from the England and Wales Cricket Board throughout.

"I felt it went too far – the whole process was too much," he told Sky Sports News. "It could have been dealt with on the day, it could have been dealt with after the game but unfortunately it turned into a long, drawn out process but thankfully common sense prevailed in the end.

"It was probably one of the most stressful periods that I've been through whilst I've been in the England team. It was constantly there – whether it was talking to solicitors, whether it was 'we've got meetings here'; whatever it was, it was a constant thing.

"I just wanted it to go away so I could concentrate on the cricket. But I thought that everyone dealt with it brilliantly. The ECB were great; they backed me all the way and I'm very grateful for that."

Anderson is just four wickets short of leapfrogging Sir Ian Botham as England's leading wicket-taker of all time.

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