London, July 17: The ICC today appointed Gordon Lewis AM as the Judicial Commissioner to hear the misconduct case against England paceman James Anderson and the preliminary hearing will be conducted on July 22, a day after the Lord's Test concludes here.
Anderson is facing a charge under Level 3 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players, following allegations that he pushed and abused India's Ravindra Jadeja during the lunch break on the second day of the Nottingham Test.
"His Honour Gordon Lewis AM is Australias representative on the ICC Code of Conduct Commission and his appointment, as per Article 5.2 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, was finalised after the England cricket team responded to the Notice of Charge," ICC said in a statement.
The preliminary hearing is expected to be attended by Anderson, his legal representatives and the ICC's Ethics and Regulatory Lawyer. The hearing will take place via telephone conference call in which Lewis will address any preliminary issues that need to be resolved prior to setting the hearing date and will also explain the procedure that will be followed at the hearing. All Level 3 breaches carry a penalty of between four and eight Suspension Points.
Two suspension points equates to a ban of one Test, or two ODIs, depending on which type of match is scheduled next for the suspended player.
Meanwhile, details about Jadeja's hearing will be announced in due course. Jadeja was charged by England team manager Phil Neale for a Level 2 offence, which carries a fine of between 50-100 per cent of applicable Match Fee and/or up to two Suspension Points.