The English speedster James Anderson is accredited as an “instigator” by the Australian play-maker David Warner, while describing sledging as something that is beneficial for the sake of the game on the field. With reference to the shameful incident between the English fast bowler James Anderson and the Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja last Tuesday, Warner added that it is important for the players to maintain the line of decency and act accordingly.

Anderson and Jadeja were both cleared by Gordon Lewis, the judicial commissioner appointed by the International Cricket Council (ICC), following a six-hour hearing on Friday. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), however, seem to have expressed their disappointment at the wake of the situation and has penned down to David Richardson, the ICC chief executive, thereby requesting him to visionize how best justice can be ensured, providing Richardson with time till coming Sunday to decide on the course of action, if any.

Each and every team need one and that he thinks Anderson is probably England’s instigator, delivered Warner during an interaction with fans. Warner has even made clear his role for the Australian side as he deliberately mentioned that he knows sometimes he is that instigator for the Australian team. He also appended that all love sledging out there in the heat of the battlefield and that he thinks a thing on Anderson’s side as well as he (Anderson) is actually a bowler, so he can do that. As a batsman, one can try but if one snicks off, they’re just going to send all packing. Besides, he also thinks it as a good practice for the sake of the game on the field provided that you do not cross that line of discipline and fair-play.

Controversy even loomed large when Warner was asked about what that ‘crossing the line’ actually meant. But, Warner cunningly handled the question with deft pauses though by recalling an incident of the third Test during Australia’s tour of India in 2008 when Gautam Gambhir collided with Shane Watson.

Warner then quoted an infamous sledge from Michael Clarke to Anderson as an example of perfect and appropriate sledging that, to his mind, made sense. Warner, as he said, was fielding at gully and what no one could perceive or rather hear, at least, was what Anderson was saying to George Bailey. And that Bailey wouldn’t sledge anyone. So the entire team just had enough of it as they all kept on going at him (Anderson). It was Michael Clarke who then decided to come down and put it straight in front of him. And why wouldn’t one do so when one has got Mitchell Johnson bowling at 150kph.

Apart from all these, what the Australian thunderbolt desires to imply is that players out in the battlefield can sledge for the sake of their nations but must be able to restrain him from any malpractices of whatsoever sort for the sake of the game.

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