London: James Anderson has said the fall-out from his row with Ravindra Jadeja helped him star in a 3-1 Test series win over India. England wrapped up the five-match contest with a colossal innings and 244-run victory, completed inside three days, at The Oval on Sunday.
Spearhead seamer Anderson was named England's man-of-the-series after taking 25 wickets at an average of 20.60.
But had India had their way, Anderson would not have been playing at all by that stage. Indian management brought a Level-3 charge under the ICC's Code of Conduct, alleging he had "abused and pushed" Jadeja in a pavilion incident during the drawn first Test at Trent Bridge.
The charges were dismissed by ICC code of conduct commissioner Gordon Lewis, who also rescinded the 50 per cent match fee fine imposed on Jadeja by match referee David Boon.
However, Anderson said he had tried to let his bowling, above all else, do the talking for him. "Possibly, in the last few games, I have concentrated more on being aggressive with the ball rather than my mouth," Anderson said.
"I think I tried to be as aggressive. Whether I tried to say any less, I don't know. But I think the Jadeja incident made me more determined to perform on the field.
"At Southampton, when the stuff was going on around before and after the game (the Lancashire paceman had his hearing the day after England's series-levelling victory), we were so focused on winning that game, and since then we've not let India back into the series."