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Advantage England: Harmison

Manchester: Former fast bowler Steve Harmison feels the advantage rests with hosts England in the remaining two Tests against India with James Anderson managing to escape without a ban for his Level 3 charge in the Trent Bridge Test.

Anderson was exonerated by the judicial commission set up by the ICC for his allegedly altercation with India’s Ravindra Jadeja during the first Test in Nottingham.

India had then won the second Test at Lord’s by 95 runs, before England levelled the series with a 266-run win in the third Test at Southampton.

“I am not being biased here. Rather I am talking from the series’ point-of-view. It is set up so well, with both teams in good nick, batting and bowling well. The score is at 1-1 after three Tests and we have two beautifully set-up matches to look forward to,” he said.

“It would have been a shame if Anderson would have been banned as it would have disturbed the balance of the contest between these two sides in the middle of the series,” said Harmison.

“If Anderson would have been banned, it would have put a lot of pressure on Broad, especially with his fitness concerns. But they are both available now, so maybe yes, England do have the upper hand. It adds spice to the remaining series, although we could have done without this distraction.” (PTI)