Cook backs Anderson to shine

James AndersonEngland skipper Alastair Cook believes the controversy surrounding James Anderson‘s clash with India‘s Ravindra Jadeja will inspire him when he walks out in the fourth Test on Thursday (Match Prices – England 13/8, draw 10/11, India 5/1).

Anderson was recently charged with a level three offence following an incident with all-rounder Jadeja during the opening match of the series at Trent Bridge, but after previously looking as if he could face a ban, he was cleared last week by an independent commission.

Pressure from the Indians led to suggestions that the ICC could be tempted to contest the decision but the governing body have now opted not to appeal, meaning the seamer is clear to play.

Anderson can now focus on the fourth Test at his home ground Old Trafford and he will be looking to produce a big performance in front of his fellow Lancastrians, as England aim to go 2-1 up in the series following their victory at Southampton (Series Betting – England Evens, Draw 2/1, India 10/3).

Missing the match in Manchester would have come as a huge blow to Anderson, especially with him protesting his innocence throughout the saga.

Cook is now expecting the 32-year-old to be firing on all cylinders when he runs out on Thursday and is hoping the bowler will be inspired by his issues over the last few weeks.

“It’s great that it is now behind him. He gets to play in his home Test match, which I know is very special,” the skipper told a press conference.  “Unfortunately (for me) we don’t get to play Tests at Chelmsford, so I don’t get to experience that.”

“For him to play here means a lot to him and that was his biggest concern, that he wouldn’t get to play at Old Trafford.”

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