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Anderson hearing to be held on August 1

FAST bowler James Anderson faces the possibility of being banned from his home Test at Old Trafford after a date of August 1 was set for his International Cricket Council disciplinary hearing.

The England star will be quizzed via teleconference by ICC judicial commissioner Gordon Lewis after being charged with a Level 3 offence for allegedly "abusing and pushing" India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja during the first Investec Test at Trent Bridge.

An initial hearing yesterday, also via teleconference and involving Anderson's legal representatives and others from the England and Wales Cricket Board and Board of Control for Cricket in India, "addressed preliminary issues" and set the date for the next stage of the disciplinary process.

A Level 3 charge, if proven, carries a penalty of up to a four-Test ban.

The date chosen for the full hearing is the day after the conclusion of the third Test against India at the Ageas Bowl, in a series England trail 1-0 following their 95-run defeat at Lord's.

It was also decided that following England's Level 2 counter-allegation against Jadeja over a reported spat between the two players in the Trent Bridge pavilion stairwell on day two of the match, the tourist's case will be heard by the ICC's match referee David Boon. The punishments set out at Level 2, under the ICC's code of conduct, are less stringent and mean Jadeja is likely to escape a ban even if found guilty.

Anderson will discover his fate within 48 hours of the hearing at 9am on August 1 - the time frame in which the judicial commissioner is required to announce his decisions.

The fourth Test at Old Trafford, is scheduled to start on August 7.

Lancastrian Anderson, even if found not guilty at Level 3, could - at Lewis' discretion - be penalised at a lower grade, such as the one Jadeja faces.

If banned, or even otherwise, Anderson will have a right of appeal - details of which will be confirmed if appropriate by Lewis, who will also set the date from which any suspension begins.

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