IAN BELL is confident England will not be sidetracked by the continuing row over James Anderson’s conduct, suggesting his altercation with India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja “got blown out of proportion”.
The row between Anderson and Jadeja during the first Investec Test at Trent Bridge is still casting a shadow as the series enters its fourth match at Old Trafford tomorrow.
The issue appeared to reach a conclusion last week when both players were cleared by independent International Cricket Council commission.
But while England are happy to let the situation lie, India have repeatedly registered their dissatisfaction with Anderson’s behaviour and would like to see further action.
Only the ICC chief executive Dave Richardson can now extend the process, by appealing Lewis’ verdict, and an official statement from the governing body confirmed the Australian’s ruling was under consideration ahead of Sunday’s deadline.
But Bell has been surprised by the furore having occurred during a series that he believes has been low on antagonism.
“Apart from one incident there’s been nothing on the field at all, less than in other series I’ve played,” said Bell.
“It’s a tough environment in the middle, there’s always a bit and you hope it doesn’t go past the line, but it’s been played in a good spirit.
“Certainly a lot has been made of that issue. But like I said, from what I’ve been part of, there’s been very little said apart from that one incident.”