Anderson picks up demerit point for dissent in Galle Test

England fast bowler James Anderson has been officially reprimanded and handed one demerit point for breaching the ICC Code of Conduct during the second day’s play in the first Test against Sri Lanka in Galle on Wednesday.
Anderson was found to have violated Article 2.8 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel: “showing dissent at an umpire’s decision during an international match”.
The incident took place in the 39th over of the Sri Lanka innings when Anderson showed dissent to standing umpire Chris Gaffaney. After being given his first warning for running on the wicket, Anderson throw the ball into the pitch.
The charge was subsequently levelled by Gaffaney and his fellow on-field umpire Marais Erasmus, third umpire S Ravi and fourth umpire Ruchira Palliyaguruge. After the match, Anderson admitted to the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by match referee Andy Pycroft, thus ensuring no formal hearing was needed.
Anderson now has two demerit points in as many matches: he picked up one in the final Test of the summer against India, when he snatched his cap away from an umpire. Should he pick up four or more in the space of two years, the 36-year-old would pick up a suspension point. Two of those would result in Anderson being banned for a Test match.
Each point remains on Anderson’s record for a period of 24-months from the time they were handed out, after which point they are cleared.

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