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England's most successful Test bowler ever, James Anderson, has been handed a demerit point during the Test match against Sri Lanka. He has been charged after he threw the ball to the ground after umpire Chris Gaffaney warned him against running on the pitch.

He received an official reprimand and 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. He was subsequently found to have violated Article 2.8 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to "showing dissent at an umpire's decision during an international match."

Anderson already has one demerit point to his name for a similar offence during England's previous Test against India in September. Four points in a two-year period can lead to a ban.