Cook happy with Anderson's attitude

Alastair Cook hopes the controversy is over for the series

Alastair Cook hopes the controversy is over for the series

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England captain Alastair Cook has revealed he has no problems with James Anderson's aggressive attitude on the field.

Just a couple of hours after the International Cricket Council announced it would not contest the ruling which found Anderson not guilty of breaching its code of conduct, Cook was once again forced to defend his bowler.

Some pundits have decried Anderson's antics on the field of play, with Geoffrey Boycott this morning urging the Lancashire seamer to curtail his habit of sledging opposition players.

Cook knows all international players have a responsibility to remain professional and while he admits Anderson is no shrinking violet, he would prefer him to take the attack to batsmen rather than be dictated to.

"We know every time that you put on the shirt as an England player or any international you're a role model for young kids or anyone watching the cricket and we're aware of that," said Cook.

"We also want to play competitive cricket, we don't want it to be too nicey-nicey and everyone just saying we're playing in the right spirit. There's always that muddied line.

"There's little bits where he (Anderson) might have overstepped the mark occasionally throughout his career, but you'd rather him be on the line than too passive."

Anderson was last week cleared of any wrongdoing by judicial commissioner Gordon Lewis after being accused of pushing and abusing India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja in the Trent Bridge pavilion during the first Investec Test.

The ICC effectively closed the case on Wednesday morning by declaring the matter would go no further and Cook is delighted to be able to draw a line under the incident ahead of the fourth Test at Emirates Old Trafford, which starts on Thursday.

"The whole incident is behind us and we don't have to talk about it anymore, or hopefully too much more, and we can just get on with playing cricket," Cook said.

"The way both sides have played this series has been fantastic, apart from that one incident that has been blown up, both sides have been very competitive and played it in the right way and the right spirit.

"I don't think it's really affected the performance on the field at all, it's great that that's now behind him (Anderson). He gets to play in a home Test match, which I know is very special for every guy that gets to play in a home Test match.

"I think that's what his biggest concern was; that he wouldn't get to play at Old Trafford."

Despite's Lewis' ruling, the Anderson situation is just the latest in a sequence of spats involving England and opposing sides - with little love lost in the recent series against Australia and Sri Lanka.

Dhoni, who usually approaches his media commitments with the deadest of dead bats, has clearly been riled by the hosts and is struggling to hide it.

His words were somewhat contradictory, apparently calling for action to be taken against persistent foul-mouthedness but then denying it was Anderson's lip that had incited India to take action.

Yet there was no ambiguity about his general distaste for England's methods.

"The world has changed and a lot of emphasis is put on winning games with so-called killer instinct but it has been misinterpreted a lot," he said.

"We need to realise about the MCC guidelines and spirit of the game because in all sports such guidelines need to be followed.

"At times officials are quite generous to individuals, they feel in the heat of the moment someone has said something and they go ahead because it is a one-off.

"But if someone is consistent with his abuse he should be punished. It doesn't matter who he is.

"Once the umpire tells him we have had enough and foul language should not be used, if the individual doesn't curb himself then he needs to be punished.

"You cannot really move ahead saying abuse is part of the game.

"(But) we never said anything about (Anderson's) sledging. Quite a few harsh words were spoken but we didn't report that. No, it was physical contact."

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