Australia v England, 1st Test, Brisbane

Clarke fined by ICC over Anderson sledge

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November 25, 2013

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Michael Clarke and James Anderson exchange words, Australia v England, 1st Test, Brisbane, 4th day, November 24, 2013
Michael Clarke and James Anderson exchanged words towards the end of the first Test © Getty Images

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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Posted by 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?

Posted by 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!

Posted by 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.

Posted by Beige_and_blue on (November 26, 2013, 6:21 GMT)

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

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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...

Posted by sasmit_cricket on (November 25, 2013, 12:27 GMT)

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

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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.

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