James Anderson reprimanded for disrespect to umpire

James Anderson has been reprimanded by the ICC for showing disrespect to umpire S Ravi on the third day of the Lord's Test against Sri Lanka.

Anderson was found to have breached Level 1 Article 2.1.1 of the ICC Code of Conduct which relates to "conduct that is contrary to the spirit of the game." Anderson admitted the charged and accepted the sanction from the match referee Andy Pycroft so there was no need for a hearing.

The incident occurred during Sri Lanka's seventh-wicket stand between Kusal Perera and Rangana Herath when Ravi told Anderson, who was becoming frustrated, not to sledge Herath. The umpire was seen talking with Joe Root who was captaining England at the time due to Alastair Cook being absent from the field after the blow to the knee which forced him to hospital for an x-ray.

The charge was laid by the on-field umpires, Ravi and Rod Tucker, as well as third umpire Aleem Dar and fourth umpire Michael Gough.

All Level 1 breaches carry a minimum penalty of a warning/reprimand and/or the imposition of a fine of up to 50% of the applicable match fee.