Australia v England, 1st Test, Brisbane November 25, 2013

Clarke fined by ICC over Anderson sledge

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Michael Clarke, the Australia captain, has been fined 20% of his match fee for his sledge against James Anderson during the dying stages of Australia's win in the first Ashes Test in Brisbane.

The ICC charged Clarke with a breach of its Code of Conduct over comments he made while Anderson was batting late on Sunday. The stump microphone picked up Clarke telling Anderson he should "get ready for a broken f***ing arm", which led to umpire Kumar Dharmasena and third official Marais Erasmus bringing a charge under section 2.1.4 of the code, which deals with "language or a gesture that is obscene, offensive or insulting".

Clarke admitted the offence on Monday morning and accepted the fine proposed by match referee Jeff Crowe, which meant a formal hearing was not required. Clarke was charged with a level one offence, which carries the penalty of a warning/reprimand and/or a fine of up to 50% of the player's match fee.

In a statement, the ICC said that Clarke had "made inappropriate gestures and directed an obscenity towards England's James Anderson, which was picked up by the stump microphone". After the Test, Clarke said he had heard plenty worse on the cricket field than anything that was said at the Gabba.

"Through my career, there has always been banter on the cricket field - and I cop as much as I give, that's for sure," he said on Sunday evening. "That's part and parcel of the game ... but all the England players know we certainly respect them, and we understand we have to be at our best to beat them. I've heard a lot worse said on a cricket field than what the Australia players or the England players said throughout this Test match."

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  • Chris_P on November 27, 2013, 9:57 GMT

    @TheAlpacinoOfSydney. You're playing grade cricket in Sydney & you haven't heard sledging??? Interesting.... I'm not long out of playing many years of grade & I'm trying to think of just one game where was no NO sledging! Are you, in any way, deaf?

  • stormy16 on November 26, 2013, 9:59 GMT

    A lot of people say sledging is part of the game ETC but the problem is sledging is not defined and the reason its not defined its not part of the game and should never be. I note Clark is charged with 'language and gesture that is obscene, offensive or insulting' and presumably threatening a tail ender with physical harm is acceptable to some. The question is does that make it acceptable to everyone else? Obviously not but none of this is defined and the simple fix is - sledging is not acceptable. You have a bat and a ball to show us your skills not your ugly side to an international audience. The other interesting thing with sledging is its relationship to winning - don't recall much sledging from the Aussies for most of this year!

  • TheAlpacinoOfSydney on November 26, 2013, 8:47 GMT

    Im australian and currently playing Grade cricket in Sydney. I have always been an australian supporter, but after seeing such disgraceful behavior by the australians I am questioning my choice. It is deeply ironic that Clarke talks about paying "respect to the game", as he and his players do the complete opposite, abusing opposition players. THAT IS NOT RESPECTING THE GAME. I find it even more satirical when Channel 9 apologized for its "stumpmike error". Thats like a policeman apologising for catching a criminal. It is Michael Clarke's fault, not Channel 9's fault, for using disgusting language on the cricket field.

  • Beige_and_blue on November 26, 2013, 6:21 GMT

    Clarke is an enigma: brilliant cricketer, and horrible human being

  • terminatorII on November 26, 2013, 0:00 GMT

    This is professional sport, not something that you play with your beer chummies. Sledging or the so called 'gamesmanship' has no place at this level. What must have started off as making up for lack of talent, has evolved into this form of acceptable abuse.

  • bappcric on November 25, 2013, 23:46 GMT

    Sledging is a perfect pastime in JAIL - not on cricket ground. Is there sledging in tennis, is there sledging in other sports. What do these cricketers think themselves to be.

  • bhushanB on November 25, 2013, 20:44 GMT

    "I've heard a lot worse said on a cricket field than what the Australia players or the England players said throughout this Test match"

    some mentioned why discourage heated competition...

    Let all the heat be between the ball and bat... which is all that matters in the end..

    Every player is already under immense pressure.. why make things worse with unnecessary banter...

  • sasmit_cricket on November 25, 2013, 12:27 GMT

    Harden up Lads... There are 4 more tests to go!!!

  • Valavan on November 25, 2013, 12:25 GMT

    I am afraid Clarke has hit his last century before his sore back and Warner has hit his last century for the rest of the tournament. Wish England take a leaf out of Ahmedabad 2012 and bounce back in Adelaide 2013, expecting similar performance from Adelaide 2010. cricinfo please publish.

  • Westmorlandia on November 25, 2013, 12:25 GMT

    The thing about the "broken arm" is that bowlers never break more than fingers, and they rarely do that these days. The point is that it wasn't an actual threat, just bluster. Clarke wasn't telling Anderson he was going to meet him out the back with a crowbar. He was just waving his willy around. (Johnson being his willy in this case, appropriately enough.)

    Clarke was overexcited because the Aussies were about to win a match at last. Jimmy was even crankier than usual because England were about to lose. That's all there really is to it.

  • Chris_P on November 27, 2013, 9:57 GMT

    @TheAlpacinoOfSydney. You're playing grade cricket in Sydney & you haven't heard sledging??? Interesting.... I'm not long out of playing many years of grade & I'm trying to think of just one game where was no NO sledging! Are you, in any way, deaf?

  • stormy16 on November 26, 2013, 9:59 GMT

    A lot of people say sledging is part of the game ETC but the problem is sledging is not defined and the reason its not defined its not part of the game and should never be. I note Clark is charged with 'language and gesture that is obscene, offensive or insulting' and presumably threatening a tail ender with physical harm is acceptable to some. The question is does that make it acceptable to everyone else? Obviously not but none of this is defined and the simple fix is - sledging is not acceptable. You have a bat and a ball to show us your skills not your ugly side to an international audience. The other interesting thing with sledging is its relationship to winning - don't recall much sledging from the Aussies for most of this year!

  • TheAlpacinoOfSydney on November 26, 2013, 8:47 GMT

    Im australian and currently playing Grade cricket in Sydney. I have always been an australian supporter, but after seeing such disgraceful behavior by the australians I am questioning my choice. It is deeply ironic that Clarke talks about paying "respect to the game", as he and his players do the complete opposite, abusing opposition players. THAT IS NOT RESPECTING THE GAME. I find it even more satirical when Channel 9 apologized for its "stumpmike error". Thats like a policeman apologising for catching a criminal. It is Michael Clarke's fault, not Channel 9's fault, for using disgusting language on the cricket field.

  • Beige_and_blue on November 26, 2013, 6:21 GMT

    Clarke is an enigma: brilliant cricketer, and horrible human being

  • terminatorII on November 26, 2013, 0:00 GMT

    This is professional sport, not something that you play with your beer chummies. Sledging or the so called 'gamesmanship' has no place at this level. What must have started off as making up for lack of talent, has evolved into this form of acceptable abuse.

  • bappcric on November 25, 2013, 23:46 GMT

    Sledging is a perfect pastime in JAIL - not on cricket ground. Is there sledging in tennis, is there sledging in other sports. What do these cricketers think themselves to be.

  • bhushanB on November 25, 2013, 20:44 GMT

    "I've heard a lot worse said on a cricket field than what the Australia players or the England players said throughout this Test match"

    some mentioned why discourage heated competition...

    Let all the heat be between the ball and bat... which is all that matters in the end..

    Every player is already under immense pressure.. why make things worse with unnecessary banter...

  • sasmit_cricket on November 25, 2013, 12:27 GMT

    Harden up Lads... There are 4 more tests to go!!!

  • Valavan on November 25, 2013, 12:25 GMT

    I am afraid Clarke has hit his last century before his sore back and Warner has hit his last century for the rest of the tournament. Wish England take a leaf out of Ahmedabad 2012 and bounce back in Adelaide 2013, expecting similar performance from Adelaide 2010. cricinfo please publish.

  • Westmorlandia on November 25, 2013, 12:25 GMT

    The thing about the "broken arm" is that bowlers never break more than fingers, and they rarely do that these days. The point is that it wasn't an actual threat, just bluster. Clarke wasn't telling Anderson he was going to meet him out the back with a crowbar. He was just waving his willy around. (Johnson being his willy in this case, appropriately enough.)

    Clarke was overexcited because the Aussies were about to win a match at last. Jimmy was even crankier than usual because England were about to lose. That's all there really is to it.

  • rakkkkiii on November 25, 2013, 12:19 GMT

    Interestingly he sledged jimmy which was ovr the line when dey were on d edge to d victory... n not wen dey were losing in eng... it will be nice to see wat he has 2 say when poms will b ovr d ozs which dey will b in Adelaide... btw sledges makes d game exciting to watch but not wen it is crossed like dis...

  • zoot364 on November 25, 2013, 12:17 GMT

    Look, I know it's part of the game and all that. But you don't see professional tennis players and golfers hurling abuse at each other.

  • kensohatter on November 25, 2013, 11:58 GMT

    Why are we discouraging heated competition? I cant wait to see a fired up England in Adelaide! This is why ashes cricket is the best form of cricket

  • studbaker60 on November 25, 2013, 11:47 GMT

    And they say Cricket is a gentleman's game. lol

  • Dr.Qwert on November 25, 2013, 11:34 GMT

    I'm all for banter and sledging to put off the opposition, it's been part of the game for decades. But when you're 1 wicket away from victory and have 380 runs to play with and a day's cricket to spare I think you should be a little more graceful in victory.

  • smudgeon on November 25, 2013, 11:30 GMT

    If (IF!) we can trust what Shane Warne's tweeted on the incident, then perhaps Anderson isn't quite as innocent in all this as everyone would have you believe. George Bailey isn't someone who has ever struck me as being a big sledger. For what it's worth, I think everyone has handled this well - Clarke has copped the fine without making a big fuss about it, George has played down the incident, and Anderson hasn't said a thing. Pity we can't seem to keep David Warner away from a microphone. Roll on Adelaide!

  • 158notout on November 25, 2013, 10:47 GMT

    Even as an England fan it was great to watch Australia's performance in this match. absolute class. great to see MJ at his best, I have seen him bowl well many times but never against England. The best I can hope for now is that it might be 2-1 to Aus or at best 2-2 going into the last test, however I think it will be all over by then. However, I have always had a lot of time for Clarke as a captain and as a player but really i think these comments crossed the line and I think he is lucky with a lenient fine. I have no problem with him saying the f word or saying whatever he likes about Jimmy or whoever but as soon as you threaten serious injury for me thats the limit. I hope Clarke shows his aggression and fight throughout the rest of the series with the bat and with his captaincy and fielding, not with sledges like this.

  • chanders1fan on November 25, 2013, 10:37 GMT

    First of all congrats to Australia. I am West Indian, but this is the Australia attitude I adore. Glad to see the aggression and killer instinct is back. To all the pansies who complain and cry and try to take the competitiveness and raw aggression out of this game I love, you should watch something else. This is sports. They will swear. They will taunt. This is what we pay to see. Hats off to Michael Clarke and David Warner for not just adding excitement to the game but backing up the talk as well.................And I do "see fear in the English eyes'.

  • 158notout on November 25, 2013, 10:33 GMT

    dunger bob - I agree with totally, if you played cricket you expect sledging. I don't have any issue with Clarke calling Jimmy whatever he wants to. All I have issue with the promise of serious injury, that to me is over the line. I have been batting and heard close fielders muttering to me and to each other all sorts of stuff that would make David Lloyd blush but it wouldn't prompt him to criticise in the same way that Clarkes did.

  • Bonehead_maz on November 25, 2013, 10:10 GMT

    @ gundog88 Beautifully put. I wish I wrote near as well.

  • Tova on November 25, 2013, 10:01 GMT

    Anderson has plenty to say on the field. He copped a few sledges back. Get over it and move on to the next subject

  • dunger.bob on November 25, 2013, 10:00 GMT

    I've read about 90 responses and it's clear to me there are two camps. Those who've played cricket and those who haven't. Just about anyone who's ever played the game has given and taken sledges. I don't care what country you're from, I'll bet it's happened to you. The non-players have a tendency towards a more idealised, romantic notion of how the game is played. Straight out of a 1958 Boy's Own in some cases. .. I was never a big sledger but I didn't care if someone else was. Each to their own. There's a lot of time to kill in a cricket match when you're in the field.

    Re. Warner: The man just say's the first thing that comes into his head most of the time. Maybe they could send a spin doctor into press conferences with him. Nip it in the bud. .. if they ban him from talking to the press, he'll just text something out. He's that sort of bloke I reckon.

  • sachin_vvsfan on November 25, 2013, 9:56 GMT

    This is not the worst. I remember some matches like that WI vs Aus where Mcgrath repeatedly sledged sarwan. I would consider that as the worst (or crossing the line) Although i agree that what clarke did was not correct such things are getting common (Eng players also do it). Anderson can give it back in the coming matches to both clarke and Warner.

  • rickyvoncanterbury on November 25, 2013, 9:54 GMT

    @ ooper_cut on (November 25, 2013, 9:34 GMT) I think that it is a bit rude, this is not the forum for facts.

  • ooper_cut on November 25, 2013, 9:34 GMT

    IMHO, Anderson deserved more than that. He was the one who was very chatty with Bailey and walked up to him after every ball and exchanged words.

  • zoot364 on November 25, 2013, 9:27 GMT

    Turn up the stump mic and fine the lot of them. But make a distinction between those threatening physical injury and those just being offensive when setting the size of the penalty.

  • Matt. on November 25, 2013, 9:26 GMT

    Hahah! I love the high and mighty who are shocked and disgusted by the Australian captain's behavior :). Anderson was sledging Clarke constantly when Clarke was batting, then had the hypocrisy to tattletale to the umpires. The only difference between this sledge and English sledges is this one was broadcast

  • willsrustynuts on November 25, 2013, 9:25 GMT

    If you think that 2 wrongs make a right then you should not be commenting - we understand your position and it is wrong.

    The fact that this threat came from the captain (endorsed by the coach) means it should have resulted in a ban. I guess with rugby tackles predicted at Adelaide we should have seen this coming.

    Cricket is the loser here.

  • Bonehead_maz on November 25, 2013, 9:17 GMT

    Wish I'd ever had so nice a captain in opposition, when I mouthed off I'd bat for a day and save it. The simple reality of attempting to do so was simply relayed. (USUALLY FOR ME THEY JUST SMILED AND LET ME GET HURT :( )

  • gundog88 on November 25, 2013, 9:14 GMT

    In a world rapidly losing its sense of courtesy I find it refreshing to see gentlemen of the game watching out for each other. Clarke didn't have to warn Anderson that his arm was about to be broken. He's a busy man. He could just as easily have left Jimmy in the firing line of impending doom without revealing exactly what the next mystery delivery might be. Of course, I share the disappointment that such foul language was broadcast on international television. There were children listening. And ice hockey players.

  • AshesErnie on November 25, 2013, 8:59 GMT

    Oi, @OneEyedAussie, watch the last hour of the Oval test if you want to see cynical slowing of over-rate, and deliberate bowling wide. Back in your box.

  • o-bomb on November 25, 2013, 8:51 GMT

    Good! Clearly unacceptable behavior!

  • RJHB on November 25, 2013, 8:45 GMT

    What a joke! Clarke cops it, but Anderson yaps as much as he likes and gets away clear. The only difference I can see is Clarke was silly enough to do it near the stump mic and courageous Anderson did not.

  • C.Gull on November 25, 2013, 8:36 GMT

    @Back-Foot-Cringe, thank you for picking me up on that and apologies for lapsing into cliche. Next time I will go with 'dire' or 'dismal'.

  • Paddyclark on November 25, 2013, 8:35 GMT

    What a joke, fined because it was on the mic.

    This was mild and nothing those gobby pricks haven't handed out test after test themselves.

  • zenboomerang on November 25, 2013, 8:35 GMT

    Really... maybe its about time that all cricketers & governing bodies started to either pull in their heads or sledging should be banned across all matches - these people are in a work environment & deserve to treated to a non-abusive way as that is national employment conditions or the ICC needs to re-evalute its owns warped rules...

  • on November 25, 2013, 8:32 GMT

    Kunderan, what are you talking about? Those great WI bowlers used to say they were going to KILL the batsmen. They say as much in Fire in Babylon.

  • austentayshus on November 25, 2013, 8:27 GMT

    I do feel that MC crossed the line and went to far .. Gentleman this is Cricket not WWE ... Wishing to broke to someone's arm is not acceptable... It is No No just as Shitar dhawan mocking watson on injury ...

  • kunderan on November 25, 2013, 8:26 GMT

    Here I was thinking that Clarke was a very decent player and sportsman! Breaking someone's arm especially a tailender is going back to the very same body line series that you Aussies whinged against all those years ago! Remember 'there are two teams out there and one is playing cricket'??

    It is one thing to bowl in a hostile and accurate manner and dismiss a batsman but quite another to use foul language against a fellow player. I still admire bowlers like Andy Roberts who did not have to use any words and would knock the middle stump of our Indian tailenders at the time without hurting them in any way. The great WI bowlers (see Fires of Babylon) never sledged since they had the wherewithal to get people out and did not need this despicable 'psychological' warfare!

    You don't need such behaviour to be world champions!

  • OttawaRocks on November 25, 2013, 8:09 GMT

    Haha this makes me laugh. I can see why cricketers would never survive ice hockey.

  • Back-Foot-Cringe on November 25, 2013, 8:05 GMT

    Yes, yes, Oz won the match & all that but didn't Jimmy Anderson score a little victory of his own? Did his arm in fact get broken? No it did not. He instead deflected a snorter off his ribs & into MJ's waiting hands, right? So I'd say he bested Clarkey on that one.

  • Valavan on November 25, 2013, 7:59 GMT

    That will be last century for warner and clarke in this series, just when momentum shifts clarke will sit back with sore back. Warner will be a passenger. cricinfo please publish.

  • Back-Foot-Cringe on November 25, 2013, 7:55 GMT

    I do try to be helpful so when everyone & their dog here refers to England's "appalling over rate" I went to me Thesaurus & found the following synonymous adjectives: dismaying, shocking, dreadful, alarming, awful, terrible, regrettable, bad - plus dozens more. The over rate is surely all of these.

    I thank the Poms for both cricket & the rich language to describe it.

  • Pankreap on November 25, 2013, 7:49 GMT

    Though i support aussies(maybe in pity of their recent run in test as well as odi's) What clarke said was nothing but his frustration.Instead of being themselves an enjoying their game,they just resorted to their typical Australian way i.e sledge others when they r frustrated.

  • nzcricket174 on November 25, 2013, 7:48 GMT

    I always thought Clarke was too soft. This proves to me he is the right choice to captain Australia.

  • disco_bob on November 25, 2013, 7:45 GMT

    Is this the same Jimmy Anderson who cuffed Clarkey with a pad because he was whistling?

  • TheBigBoodha on November 25, 2013, 7:45 GMT

    Yep, some pretty naive posters here that think cricket is played only by private school old boys giving each other a gee-up "Strive earnestly! Do your utmost for the glory of the country, old chaps!" Somehow I don't think that is quite how it works.

    While I understand why the fine was given, the behaviour was nothing out of the ordinary. I actually enjoyed it that little tiff. Note the Anderson didn't seem too perturbed by it, and I don't think he should be blamed for the ICC decision to fine Clarke (although I agree Anderson is a longtime sledger himself, and actually started all this off by slapping Clarke with a pad, and having a go at him in his book).

    Test cricket is not for nancy boys!

  • Anisar on November 25, 2013, 7:42 GMT

    ICC should support sledge 2 times in an inning or may be for 80 over. It'll be intresting to see the match as soon as ICC will make it legal.

  • Samdanh on November 25, 2013, 7:38 GMT

    It will be great if such punishments are meted out uniformly by the umpires/administrators when there is an offence, with or without the evidence on microphone. Consistent and uniform implementation of such measures will contain such behaviour and in the long run help teams play cricket with their playing skills alone rather than verbal eloquence. What we are seeing today is a bit of tit for tat kind of situation, which will continue unabated if not stemmed with strict, and consistent observation, monitoring and implementation of player bahaviour and punishments respectively. ICC and respective Boards have to play a neutral and strong non partisan role here, for the benefit of Cricket to continue to be termed "a gentlemen game".

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on November 25, 2013, 7:35 GMT

    One of Clarke's many problems is that he can't step out of Ponting's shadow. Another one of his problems is that not many people like him, no prizes for guessing why. Here's he's acted almost feral at a tail ender, a guy (Anderson) who has spent the last 5 +years besting him and his team. Such bitterness.

  • Rahulbose on November 25, 2013, 7:34 GMT

    I am no fan of Clarke, but this one is unfair. Either penalize everyone who makes a bad comment on the field, or don't penalize people who were caught sledging on the mic.

  • Aussie_Cricket on November 25, 2013, 7:34 GMT

    About time they got their mongrel bac, Australia seemed to have lost a lot of it since the Sydney test against India a few years back, since then they've gotten themselves confused around how to play. Not sure how that sledge is anything more than getting into the batsman's head.

  • Back-Foot-Cringe on November 25, 2013, 7:33 GMT

    Hmm. As I more carefully reread Clarkey's purported words, I note that he does not specifically say exactly whose arm will be broken.

    So how can we be so sure the threat was directed at Anderson's arm?

    And if it happened to be directed specifically at Anderson's left arm - his non-bowling one - then it seems hardly the kind of thing to get all worked up about.

    And maybe if Pup hadn't insulted Anderson's arm (whether left or right) with an obscenity, it would've all been fine.

  • gallarate on November 25, 2013, 7:32 GMT

    When Shane Warne used similiar language and similiar behaviour towards Marlon Samuels in last years BBL he was rightly suspended for the next match by Cricket Australia. Will they do the same to Clarke? They should. since when is threatening physical injury to an opponent "part of the game." ? if Clarke has "heard much worse on the cricket field" it's a place where i dont want my 10 year old son to be.

  • gm47 on November 25, 2013, 7:29 GMT

    @CSpiers, Good one Clarke, give to the overrated 'swing' bowler.

    the overrated swing bowler is ranked in the world top 10, M Johnson is 19th :) :) :) so johnson must be a VERY overrated fast bowler ??? :)

  • rickyvoncanterbury on November 25, 2013, 7:29 GMT

    If I was Anderson I would have taken off.... my arm guard, chest guard, helmet, gloves, pads, thigh guard, Protector and mascara.

  • Mr.PotatoesTomatoes on November 25, 2013, 7:20 GMT

    @Doogious- That covers it very well mate.Sledging's fine,but don't let it ruin the game.What happened yesterday was unsavory and to tell the truth took the sheen off what was a fantastic game of cricket.Maybe it was Clarke trying to emulate Border's peevishness and no fraternizing with the opposition attitude of the 89 series,but he carried it a bit too far.Sledging a no.11 is a sign of pent-up frustration,nothing else.What they should have instead done was bowl a couple of yorkers and gone off to celebrate their well-deserved victory. For the rest of the series,while one hopes that Clarke leads the way with conduct befitting the captain of the Australian national team,in case it isn't the case,I would like to see more players keeping their own counsel,and not reacting boorishly,on the field or off it.They are as much the custodians of the sport as their captain is and should not forget it.

  • screamingeagle on November 25, 2013, 7:16 GMT

    Was funny watching Anderson getting it. Was funnier reading some of the saints commenting here. Someone called for a ban on Clarke...seriously? Fine Du Plessis but ban Clarke? Wow! On another note, I kind of liked the English getting plastered.

  • Dangertroy on November 25, 2013, 7:14 GMT

    Clarkes language isn't the issue to me, its that he made a threat of physical violence against another player. It's one thing to sledge another player, but to threaten them is something else entirely. Whatever Anderson has said to the Aussies surely riled them up, I think he can expect more hostility as the series rolls on. @Trevor Hickman - I'd say he answered the short ball issue in the second innings. After 2 were put away for 4, they stopped bowling short to him. And then immediately dropped men back to wait for the declaration. again... How did Trott do with the short stuff?

  • on November 25, 2013, 7:12 GMT

    I looks like Australian cricket hasn't changed over the past 50 year if they can't win they will look to hurt on purpose typical Australian

  • dusey456 on November 25, 2013, 7:12 GMT

    Not sure that people should get fined based on whether the stump mic picks it up or not. Channel 9 have said it was an isolated incident and the stump mic wasn't supposed to be on. I wonder how many similar incidents would be picked up if they had the mic on the whole time. My guess is there would be a few players out of pocket if this is the punishment.

  • goodhoot on November 25, 2013, 7:10 GMT

    Clarke's mistake was being too close to the stump mike,otherwise no one would be any the wiser.I have noticed that Anderson,Broad etc are'nt short of a word or two when bowling,maybe they don't like it back in their faces.A storm in a teacup generally and will add a little to what looks to be an interesting series already.

  • CSpiers on November 25, 2013, 7:05 GMT

    Good one Clarke, give to the overrated 'swing' bowler.

  • Baundele on November 25, 2013, 6:58 GMT

    How are such attacks (sledging) a pat and parcel of the game? Clearly cricket rules say those are punishable. Cricket is supposed to be a gentleman's game.

  • xtrafalgarx on November 25, 2013, 6:56 GMT

    @Yorkerstump: It's not as if Bailey is new to International cricket, if that's the case then Jimmy has got an even bigger head than i thought he already had!

  • C.Gull on November 25, 2013, 6:56 GMT

    A minor penalty for the guy who had the bad luck to be televised doing what many or most of the players do. The act itself certainly doesn't warrant the hyperbolic mouth-frothing that is coming from some quarters. I personally enjoyed watching the English being called out on their gamesmanship for once. Their regular delaying tactics - including pulling out at the last moment, replacing gloves, retying shoelaces, calling for drinks, not to mention their appalling over rate - are cynical and a disgrace. Even the umpires sent back England's 12th man at one point rather than allow him to jog onto the field for yet another meaningless interruption.

  • wanatawu on November 25, 2013, 6:55 GMT

    LOL, Clarke is just trying to be funny, if Anderson was about 20k faster he could break Clarke's arm. Remember Morkel breaking Ross Taylors arm a few years back.

  • Back-Foot-Cringe on November 25, 2013, 6:50 GMT

    What Clarkey said is exactly what I say to me dear sainted mum whenever she tries to get me up of a morning. She just shrugs & smiles, knowing it's how Aussies talk to each other. We use gruff threats as a way of showing fondness & respect.

    Or it could be that Clarke actually got irked since Anderson seemed to be delaying in order to force the match into a fifth day when it might just rain torrentially & Cook's mob would undeservedly earn a thoroughly undeserved draw.

    Could be that Clarke, attempting to gently persuade Anderson to get a move on, was replied to somewhat less courteously.

    Perhaps it was then that Pup went & said what he did. Which he really shouldn't have, though. No, it wasn't nice but I can see why he turned a bit impolite at that point.

  • crisco3 on November 25, 2013, 6:47 GMT

    Frankly pretty disgusted at the loutish behaviour by Warner and Clarke.

    They have to remember that it is a privilege to put n the baggy green and represent me and millions of other Australians.

    This isn't kick-boxing or cage fighting.

    David Warner ought to have - grow some humility. It is embarrassing, he's embarrassing...century or no century.

    Great game Mitch, love that fire and passion served up with real skill. Congrats.

  • humi_cric on November 25, 2013, 6:43 GMT

    As a neutral fan, I like it, as love to watch Anderson Vs Clarke/Bailey in the upcoming mataches, hmmmm perfect spice for the rest of the series. England doesn't have any fast bowler (145+ KPH speed) otherwise would be more interesting. I just wonder how ICC works, they fined Faf DuPlessi only 5% of match fee(ball tempering) and 10% to Sohail Tanvir on showing the way of Pavillion to ABD, as Dale Steyn did the same (or even more comic) to Yonus Khan in test and almost everytime while he got Hafeez, so different rules for different teams, I think.

  • Doogius on November 25, 2013, 6:42 GMT

    Played cricket for 20 years and have said and heard everything there is to hear. When a bowler says that, its about mind games and putting the batsman off. When a captain says that, if infers that he's given instructions to all the bowlers to maim the recipient. I watched this with my 8 yr old who's just started playing and loves Clarkey. He asked me why Clarkey is so angry with that man and why was he yelling and pointing a finger in his face. I had nothing to answer except he's a bad sport. Good on the ICC (for a change). Just a reminder, every current player is a custodian of the game and has a responsibility to show the younger generation how it is played. In my day, threatening someone with physical injury (except maybe the old knock his head off...) earn't you a stint on the sidelines peeling oranges. I'm an Ozzie and isn't it funny we have a world class bowling lineup, but its the batsmen (who are generally useless) who have the most to say. Think that speaks volumes..

  • on November 25, 2013, 6:41 GMT

    Come to sa, sledge steyn and see what happens :) In all fairness though the umpires heard it, ita not like england specifically went and conplained.

  • vswami on November 25, 2013, 6:39 GMT

    ICC Law states you can sledge but you dont better get caught on stump mike.

  • wolf777 on November 25, 2013, 6:29 GMT

    Just sledge back and no one will sledge you again...it is as simple...

  • SRK666 on November 25, 2013, 6:27 GMT

    In other words, it's a fair enough tactic to bowl fast and short at a batsman, taking advantage of their desire to protect themselves from getting hurt. You're just not allowed to *say* that's what you're doing.

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on November 25, 2013, 6:22 GMT

    Just shows a case of sour grapes from the whingeing Eng . Just be good to take it yourself what you've been dishing out to all . Stop complaining and try to compete in the field or risk blown away by Aus pace barrage. Then again we knew it already. Me thinks Eng goose is already cooked. Cricinfo pls,pls publish an honest opinion . Don't thing I said anything out of topic ,just honest -if a tad harsh -on a sensitive cricket matter. Pls pub.

  • TrevorHickman on November 25, 2013, 6:20 GMT

    yap, yap, yap - perhaps that's why he's called Pup? Maybe he'd have something to talk about if had won more than 1 Test in his last 10. He got let off the hook big time in Brisbane by a dismal England, after being found wanting (to the short ball yet again) in the first innings.

  • YorkerStump on November 25, 2013, 6:19 GMT

    As an English Supporter, this is just ridiculous. Sledging has always been part of an Ashes series and that it has always created little sub dramas throughout the matches. Unfortunately, Clarke copped it because he's the Captain and he has to set an example for the youngsters and aspiring cricketers. And I think Jimmy got annoyed cause the sledging was coming mainly from Bailey, who on debut, should say little or nothing at all. But, whatever the case, it was a brutal innings from Johnson and our failure to bat that should be the main focus.

    Roll on Adelaide!

  • Int.Curator on November 25, 2013, 6:19 GMT

    A real sporting gesture!

    Put in in context.

    This was the Australian captain and premier world batsmen giving sound batting advise to a number 11 english batsmen. Jimmy could quite possibly be sporting a broken arm if not for Michael's kind words.

  • derpherp on November 25, 2013, 6:09 GMT

    Well done ICC, turing a non issue into an "issue.' Is this supposed to be some sort of deterrent? You're kidding yourself if that's the case.

  • warnerbasher on November 25, 2013, 6:01 GMT

    Again an Australian wears the brunt for sledging and the pasty faced Pommy's have deflected an awful performance by whining about those nasty convicts saying terrible things to them. It was said on the field so no issue as far as I'm concerned. Again the ICC interfere at precisely the wrong time. Spices up the next test though!!!!

  • xtrafalgarx on November 25, 2013, 6:00 GMT

    Anderson has been dishing out to us for years, yet he can't take one tame sledge!? Poor for from the ICC to be honest, this is nothing. It's so weak compared to other things that don't get picked up on the stump mic!

    England are the biggest whingers on the planet!

  • on November 25, 2013, 5:56 GMT

    its a simple rule by icc u can sledge but no f words or get ready to be penalised

  • aatishbaazi on November 25, 2013, 5:54 GMT

    This is sheer discrimination !! Cant see the same thing happen when a "sub-continent " team tours down under or in England!! Sad but true !!

  • tinkertinker on November 25, 2013, 5:54 GMT

    Is this a joke?

    Anderson is the biggest sledger in the game right now, he even boasted about it to a newspaper before the last ashes.

  • DickCam on November 25, 2013, 5:53 GMT

    If the Aussies aren't careful, England will take their bat and ball and go home.

  • Mohit_Suryawanshi on November 25, 2013, 5:51 GMT

    When we were playing Giles shield we asked our fearsome pace bowler to bowl a beamer at the diminutive Shardashram opening batsman. His first ball was frighteningly direct and perfectly going to the batsman's head..unfortunately he hooked it for 4. He was Pravin Amre.We were all 13/14 then! Hitting or trying to hit a batsman is all part of the game.The bowler has a ball, the batsman has a bat.ICC is unfortunately run by non-cricketers who dont understand the game.

  • green_view on November 25, 2013, 5:48 GMT

    Did any one notice that now both captain have got 25 hundreds in 98 matches! If Clarke's back keeps the support then we could see two captain playing their 100th test on same day.

  • JB77 on November 25, 2013, 5:47 GMT

    The sledging at the end of the match was unnecessary and has detracted from the win, BUT the reaction since has been nothing but a media beat-up with a sprinkling of misinformation. Lots of news bulletins saying that Warner called Trott 'weak' - no, he said that the dismissal was weak (which it undoubtedly was). Warner is guilty of nothing except making a point in a very inelegant way. Did Clarke go too far? Perhaps....but until we know what else was said out there, who can say? Clarke's comment may have been the least offensive thing said for all we know. He was just unlucky that his comment was overheard. I find it hard to believe that the only talk out there was coming from the Aussies....anyone who believes otherwise clearly didn't watch the match. All I know is that the ICC has far bigger issues to be dealing with....

  • OneEyedAussie on November 25, 2013, 5:47 GMT

    Yet, no fine for Cook/England and their appalling over-rates.

  • Mitty2 on November 25, 2013, 5:46 GMT

    Quote James Anderson: "I can't help sledging the Aussies". He also said that he picked who he sledged - "I do try and pick or choose who I do it to" and he has a history of provoking Clarke. Mmm, so is Clarke and Bailey giving it back to him justified (let alone hilarious)? 100%. But for Clarke to be fined just because he was heard on the stump mike... Wow. Disgraceful.

  • Shaggy076 on November 25, 2013, 5:45 GMT

    Seriously this has to be a joke, serial sledger. Anderson was sledged by Bailey and cried to the umpire. If you can't take it don't dish it out. In response to Andersons reaction Clarke was quite reserved in his response to this individual.

  • xtrafalgarx on November 25, 2013, 5:45 GMT

    The poms and the ICC need to harden the hell up! Just because Clarke's sledge was picked up on the mic doesn't make it any worse than all the other sledges!

    Anderson ripped into us in England when he was getting wickets, Trott too. Now they are in the firing line, they can't take it!?

    Poot form ICC.

  • dropdeadfred on November 25, 2013, 5:40 GMT

    He should be fined. Not for abusing another player, but for boring and unoriginal sledging.

  • Front-Foot-Fungus on November 25, 2013, 5:39 GMT

    In the long run; the best thing that can happen for the relationship between the 2 teams is to play out a really hard fought contest. Only that will engender true respect between the players. Whilst Clarke's comments were unsavoury; I can understand his frustration with Anderson's delaying tactics which were similar to those employed in England and designed to allow the small possiblility of Extreme weather to deny Australia a chance to close out the match for a second time. Clarke's comments were impulsive and said in the heat of the moment and were horrible to listen to but Anderson's delaying tactics were just as obscene. Cmon England; start to play some enterprising cricket instead of depending on slow overrates, defensive fields and featherbed pitches. I'm hoping that this humiliating loss coupled with Warner's Trott baiting will awaken the real british bull dog in Adelaide. That being said; Cook's composure really impressed me.

  • Chris_P on November 25, 2013, 5:33 GMT

    This is a gee-up, surely. It is well known Anderson is a serial sledger for the Poms & leads all comments directed at batsmen yet HE complained!!! He has been doing it for years & not a word from the Aussies, yet when things are going sour, he becomes precious? Was Tremlett, Swann or Prior sledged the same way? No. Why? Because they don't carry on like Anderson. Listen son, when you give it out, you got to take it as well. I had no problem with the way the whole English team gave Watson a send-off as he is also a serial sledger. Even the umpires know Anderson's form, hence why they didn't do to much when he whined. Come on guys, man up!

  • foozball on November 25, 2013, 5:30 GMT

    @Lermy, set yourself down and have a bex - you'll do yourself some serious damage with all those hysterics! Even your captain has sanctioned all on-field behaviour, and he was actually at the game so best take notice.

  • Not_Another_Keybored_Expert on November 25, 2013, 5:28 GMT

    The ICC are a joke, don't they have more important things to sought out?

  • siddhartha87 on November 25, 2013, 5:26 GMT

    Breaking the arm of the ace opposition bowler is a good strategy actually.

  • heathrf1974 on November 25, 2013, 5:22 GMT

    Poor leadership by Clarke.

  • meursault on November 25, 2013, 5:21 GMT

    If Clarke gets a fine, he should seek an indemnity from the person in charge of censoring the stump microphone, because it's only the fact that it came through loud and clear that has caused the fuss. As bad or worse things are said every 15 minutes out on the field (I fondly remember being able to pick up unfiltered stump mic on a special radio frequency at the ground many years ago) and Anderson himself is a serial sledger. If all the players had been near an unfiltered microphone, I dare suspect that, if this gets a fine, barely a single player on either team would have walked away from this match with the entirety of his match fee.

  • Redbackfan on November 25, 2013, 5:19 GMT

    Whats said on field should stay on field, all players sledge stop being so precious about it.

  • Mohit_Suryawanshi on November 25, 2013, 5:19 GMT

    It's nonsense. Michael didn't do anything wrong, cricket is a hard game played by hard men with hard balls. It's also ridiculous that he should be fined for sledging Anderson, who is a serial sledger himself. Michael Clarke has been gracious in defeat, very much unlike his predecessor Ricky Ponting. Everyone remembers him going to chris cairns after Cairns was out and walking away, astonishingly, the ICC didn't do anything then. It's hypocrisy if they fine Clarke for saying what he did, frankly if I were he, I'd have been telling Johnson to break his hand, too. It's the bowler's weapon. Also, David Warner has broken the rules by speaking abt Trott as he did, but ICC is doing nothing abt it? Save me from their double standards! Michael said something very hard and unpleasant, but any cricketer knows it's fair.Nothing underhand.It's weird how ppl like Watson,Warner,Anderson,Broad get away, but Clarke is made a scapegoat??!!

  • sifter132 on November 25, 2013, 5:17 GMT

    No one would have cared if the stump mics hadn't been 'accidentally' left on at that point...If everyone who swore on the field got fined, then bowlers would be getting fined left and right. Mitchell Johnson probably every ball he bowled at Joe Root :D I thought Clarke's exchange with Anderson mid pitch at the end of that over looked worse, pointing a finger in his face.

  • AngryAngy on November 25, 2013, 5:12 GMT

    It was fair warning, Johnson does have a history of injuring batsmen. Sure, you can understand what they were up to, but 30+ years ago, a number 11 certainly wouldn't engage in such self-destructive delaying tactics, certainly not to merely push the game to a fifth day. It was something that was that very crickety kind of absurd.

  • on November 25, 2013, 5:10 GMT

    I think this type of Language should be allowed in cricket especially in Ashes .... We want fight and aggression ....

  • on November 25, 2013, 5:09 GMT

    I bat at number 11 too and I found it quite funny. Teams love sledging me when I walk out to bat too. Just got to shrug it off.

  • rust01 on November 25, 2013, 5:09 GMT

    They can't be serious, what a joke.

  • Lermy on November 25, 2013, 5:07 GMT

    Ban him. No place in the game for that. the game was won, and furthermore the way Johnson was bowling that's exactly what they intended to do, and for what? Anderson was the number 11 batsman. Was he a threat? Don't be ridiculous. Out on the street you get arrested for such cowardly brutal behaviour and that's exactly what Clarke deserves. I'm just glad Don Bradman wasn't alive to see that sort of behaviour by a so-called captain. There were two teams on the field but only one was playing cricket.

  • tomhedley on November 25, 2013, 5:07 GMT

    Anderson should take it as a compliment, Clarke obviously rates him if he wants his arm broken! I hope the England team were gracious in defeat and had a beer in the pav with the Aussies afterwards, I bet we didn't though which disappoints me.

  • DylanBrah on November 25, 2013, 5:04 GMT

    Really? Far worse personal attacks have been used in matches I am sure. Absolute joke.

  • sidzy on November 25, 2013, 5:02 GMT

    We sledge more in U-14 cricket then what happens at international level. it wasn't as if he has done anything new, everybody does that.

  • PFEL on November 25, 2013, 4:56 GMT

    Ridiculous if he's fined for that. It was obviously the end of a heated exchange with tempers boiling over after Anderson's unsportsmanlike delaying tactics and who knows what else. Clarke didn't just step up and say it out of nowhere, he's just very unlikely the stump mics picked up just that comment. Disappointing.

  • on November 25, 2013, 4:55 GMT

    This was totally extreme from michael clarke. he should have been fined his entire match fee. Sledging a number 10 batsman shows what kind of a player is michael clarke.

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  • on November 25, 2013, 4:55 GMT

    This was totally extreme from michael clarke. he should have been fined his entire match fee. Sledging a number 10 batsman shows what kind of a player is michael clarke.

  • PFEL on November 25, 2013, 4:56 GMT

    Ridiculous if he's fined for that. It was obviously the end of a heated exchange with tempers boiling over after Anderson's unsportsmanlike delaying tactics and who knows what else. Clarke didn't just step up and say it out of nowhere, he's just very unlikely the stump mics picked up just that comment. Disappointing.

  • sidzy on November 25, 2013, 5:02 GMT

    We sledge more in U-14 cricket then what happens at international level. it wasn't as if he has done anything new, everybody does that.

  • DylanBrah on November 25, 2013, 5:04 GMT

    Really? Far worse personal attacks have been used in matches I am sure. Absolute joke.

  • tomhedley on November 25, 2013, 5:07 GMT

    Anderson should take it as a compliment, Clarke obviously rates him if he wants his arm broken! I hope the England team were gracious in defeat and had a beer in the pav with the Aussies afterwards, I bet we didn't though which disappoints me.

  • Lermy on November 25, 2013, 5:07 GMT

    Ban him. No place in the game for that. the game was won, and furthermore the way Johnson was bowling that's exactly what they intended to do, and for what? Anderson was the number 11 batsman. Was he a threat? Don't be ridiculous. Out on the street you get arrested for such cowardly brutal behaviour and that's exactly what Clarke deserves. I'm just glad Don Bradman wasn't alive to see that sort of behaviour by a so-called captain. There were two teams on the field but only one was playing cricket.

  • rust01 on November 25, 2013, 5:09 GMT

    They can't be serious, what a joke.

  • on November 25, 2013, 5:09 GMT

    I bat at number 11 too and I found it quite funny. Teams love sledging me when I walk out to bat too. Just got to shrug it off.

  • on November 25, 2013, 5:10 GMT

    I think this type of Language should be allowed in cricket especially in Ashes .... We want fight and aggression ....

  • AngryAngy on November 25, 2013, 5:12 GMT

    It was fair warning, Johnson does have a history of injuring batsmen. Sure, you can understand what they were up to, but 30+ years ago, a number 11 certainly wouldn't engage in such self-destructive delaying tactics, certainly not to merely push the game to a fifth day. It was something that was that very crickety kind of absurd.