The Ashes 2013-14 November 25, 2013

Clarke standing up for Bailey - Warne

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Shane Warne has called the ICC's decision to fine Michael Clarke "a disgrace", claiming that Clarke was only standing up for his players after James Anderson threatened to punch George Bailey in the face.

No such comment from Anderson was aired on the television coverage via the stump microphone but Warne, who was commentating on the Gabba Test for Channel Nine and Sky Sports, tweeted on Monday night that "we all heard Anderson's sledge that led to Clarke reacting".

Clarke and Anderson were involved in a heated discussion during the final stages of Australia's victory in Brisbane on Sunday and the stump microphone picked up Clarke telling Anderson he should "get ready for a broken f***ing arm".

Clarke was subsequently fined 20% of his match fee for a breach of the ICC Code of Conduct for the comments but Warne claimed in a series of tweets on Monday that Clarke had only "stuck up for his debutant Bailey".

"On another note, I think it's a disgrace that @MClarke23 has been fined. What about what Jimmy Anderson said to Bailey, which wasn't heard," Warne initially tweeted. "@MClarke23 stuck up for his debutant Bailey as he should have too as Capt after Anderson said he wanted to punch Bailey in the face!"

"Unfortunately only Clarke's reaction to Anderson's was heard live, we all heard Anderson's sledge that led to Clarke reacting! To me it should just stay out in the middle. They all shook hands had a giggle & moved on. By fining Clarke it's made a big deal out of it.

"Everyone should have just laughed, moved on & be thankful for ashes fever. Bring on Adelaide I'm sure both teams are saying. As an international sportsman, if you decide to dish it out sledging you have to be prepared to cop it back too & not complain."

Bailey was fielding under the helmet in close during the final stages of the match and was seen exchanging words with Anderson, the England No. 11.

Bailey was asked about the incidents when he arrived in Hobart on Monday but he was unwilling to elaborate on what had led to Anderson approaching him. "I'm not sure, he must have been a bit upset by the way the game was going, I guess," Bailey said.

Clarke accepted the charge laid by on-field umpire Kumar Dharmasena and third official Marais Erasmus, meaning there was no need for a disciplinary hearing.

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  • Ashok on November 27, 2013, 11:43 GMT

    Its hard to understand why a legend of the game like Warney, who's also one of the best commentators going around, should be batting for Clarke off the field.

  • Patrick on November 26, 2013, 19:42 GMT

    A few things here should be obvious to anyone who has watched these teams over the last few years. Firstly James Anderson is a not a likeable chap, he can dish it out alright when things are going his way but is the first to complain when they're not. Secondly Clarke was clearly livid over something that Anderson had done and we now have a witness, even though it is only Warnie, that tells us exactly what that was. Thirdly, and most importantly, Clarke has copped this clear injustice on the chin and moved on. He could have appealed and have Anderson's role in this made public and drawn the whole thing out but he didn't. Anyone giving him credit for that?

  • Dummy4 on November 26, 2013, 17:41 GMT

    It is all okay to support your countrymen and a close friend of yours, but being a successful professional cricketer, i am disappointed that Shane Warne is biased to the core in supporting Mr. Clarke.

    Every cricket follower like me who neither supports England nor Australia, can easily tell this guy is failing to understand the real picture and in addition he airs his views which does not a credible evidence (there is no evidence of Anderson telling anything).

    Cricket seems no more a gentlemen's game.

  • Shanmugaraja on November 26, 2013, 11:29 GMT

    @rickyvoncanterbury, you are right. Thats why we have won 2 worldcups and ENG have won nothing.

    If someone is being punished for saying something, then ICC or the match refree MUST hear all that were recorded and punish all involved.

    I don't even know if Warne is telling the truth or not.

    But was Clarke punished saying something inappropriate? or because it was heard on air? If it is later, then Channel 9 should be punished not Clarke!. if it is former then punish whoever said similar thing.

  • Dummy4 on November 26, 2013, 10:49 GMT

    Maybe it's because I'm 56 years old but I find all this childish because he is the captain of a national side, - he should have left it to a team mate to respond for him. Ironically, the only person to show any maturity over this is Bailey, a man making his test debut!

  • Dru on November 26, 2013, 10:09 GMT

    Do we all accept this is ugly? Even more than the ugly hiding Eng! So why does it continue to happen? Its because everyone thinks sledging is part of the game. Time and again everyone is told sledging is part of the game and time again people are fined for sledging. We must either define what sledging is or not make it part of the game rather than have this ugly situations. What's worse is Warne's only comment is that there was more sledging than everyone including the umpires know about. Lets face is guys, lets talk about cricket and get rid of sledging. It's not part of the game and never can be part of the game. If you need get ugly and abusive to compete surely cricket is not the place.

  • Bob on November 26, 2013, 9:37 GMT

    Rugby and Rugby League are regarded by parents in NZ as being brutal and brutalising sports. As a result there are more children soccer players in NZ that Union and League combined. I've never witnessed sledging on the rugby union or fields like I saw in this test. Bailey was enjoying his jibe at Anderson, grinning. Clarke came in and damn near stuck his finger up Anderson's nose.

  • Bob on November 26, 2013, 9:22 GMT

    Ashwini: I agree! Mitchell Johnson played a fine all-round game. It was an aggressive, honest, and purposeful performance that tested every English batsman's competence and resilience. I watched almost ball bowled in that match on TV at home. I don't recall seeing Mitchell sledge anyone. All the way through he attacked with ball and with bat. One of the finest all-round displays I've witnessed.

  • dj on November 26, 2013, 7:51 GMT

    GRANTED, sledging is part of the game BUT where do you draw the line? Ultimately the game is CRICKET (not sledging) and its a also called the gentleman's game to be played in good spirit. Why not display your skills instead of constant unpleasant banter. I am disgusted that the direction in thinking that its okay to go below the belt is okay in sport. A little bit of spice is good but too much is distasteful. I sincerely hope the ICC steps in with a more harsh punishment so that the players can focus on the game of cricket and its ethics instead on who has the biggest mouth and best chirp.

  • richard on November 26, 2013, 7:38 GMT

    That's the problem with Indian cricket, it is only about the money.

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