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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  • muzika_tchaikovskogo 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.

  • inthebag 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?

  • 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.

  • ShanTheFanOfSachin 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.

  • 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!

  • stormy16 on November 26, 2013, 10:09 GMT

    Do we all accept this is ugly? Even more than the ugly hiding Eng copped..lol! 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.

  • justjazz 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.

  • justjazz 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.

  • tripple-Digits 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.

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

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

  • muzika_tchaikovskogo 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.

  • inthebag 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?

  • 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.

  • ShanTheFanOfSachin 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.

  • 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!

  • stormy16 on November 26, 2013, 10:09 GMT

    Do we all accept this is ugly? Even more than the ugly hiding Eng copped..lol! 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.

  • justjazz 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.

  • justjazz 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.

  • tripple-Digits 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.

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

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

  • on November 26, 2013, 6:53 GMT

    Ban stump mikes. Networks who broadcast stuff that should stay on the field are not helping. Let the players play (and none of them should go on about what was said on the field or be derogatory off the field). And once the game is finished, have a beer together and shake hands. Not necessarily in that order.

  • mk49_van on November 26, 2013, 6:25 GMT

    Will the Aussies sledge Indians in the same way? Probably not - they have their IPL masters to keep happy. Clarke, Warner, Bailey and whoever else will not dare dish it out. And I imagine Warne won't make statements like this one -since he also feeds at the same trough. We will never see the likes of Sydney 2008 again - oh, what a difference a million dollars (or two) makes.....

  • Marcio on November 26, 2013, 5:07 GMT

    As warne said, it should have been left on the pitch. For the naive and romantically inclined (and there seem to be plenty round here), what Clarke said was nothing unusual in games when players get heated.

    The mic gets turned off in between deliveries. I wonder if you have ever actually considered why this is the case. Maybe you think it's because it picks up the sound of nearby seagulls?

    When they decided to start punishing people for this Clarke/Anderson spat, they should have done a proper job and gotten both sides of the story. Otherwise you are punishing players not for what they say or do on the field, but only for what gets publicly broadcast - without their consent, I might add.

  • Chris_P on November 26, 2013, 4:15 GMT

    @Iwerneanffontmell Everyone who had headphones or listening to the microphone heard it, it just wasn't broadcast to the listeners. It;s been confirmed Anderson said it alright, it's just he didn't think others would step in & picked on one of the quietest guys in the team. He wouldn't have said it to a few other Aussies.

  • on November 26, 2013, 3:11 GMT

    Unfortunately, Cricket is no more a gentleman game, and it is played very hard by the modern cricketers. I hope coaches don't teach sledging when they were young to the upcoming cricketers.

    Anyway, it adds more excitement and fun to cricket viewers. Michael Clarke generally do not provoke the opponents unless the opponents gets his way. As a captain, he has the right to act on behalf of his players. Anderson has no business to talk than to bat in 22 yards pitch. Fielders around him will shout to encourage others or sometimes pass comments like "Get him out" , "Give him a taste of Chin Music" which are all part of cricket. However using foul language is not gentleman's game which I think players should stop using this in the cricket field. Media is blowing thinks out of proportion...

  • CustomKid on November 26, 2013, 2:19 GMT

    @KricketWicket - I'm with you. They should have an option to do pay per view, where all you hear is the stump mike, it would be brilliant and I'd sub in a heart beat. There have been so many good sledges over the years and to hear them in the heat of battle would be epic rather than post the event. It will never happen but one can only hope?

    These guys are playing for big bucks so they're going to be going hammer and tong at each other. Anyone who thinks this only happens in Australia is dreaming.

    If channel nine did that, they'd make a fortune I'm sure.

  • Kernas on November 26, 2013, 2:00 GMT

    I was watching from a pub with no sound, and Clarke looked like he was reacting rather than attacking. I thought from the start that Anderson started it.

  • on November 26, 2013, 0:48 GMT

    Ashes is a great spectacle to watch. I love it. Great test, but dont count England out. Something tells me they will bounce back will all cylinders firing in the second test match. Mitchel Johnson is a fantsastic fast bowler. What a paceman! Raw pace. Love watching him bowl. Intimidating, ferocious. England have to find an answer to his pace, or they are done for the series.

  • spindizzy on November 26, 2013, 0:25 GMT

    Those claiming that cricket is a gentleman's game might want to learn a bit of the history of the game. Or for that matter a bit of the history of English gentlemen.

    Cricket has always been an everyman sport with a strong history of professionalism. Romanticism of the game serves neither the players nor the game.

    It should be on a fair pitch and the rules should be applied equally but other than that it should be fought hard - that's what sport is about, not artificial notions of nice behaviour. It's ritualised war, nothing less.

  • Shaggy076 on November 26, 2013, 0:07 GMT

    Cmon Warney its not the Australian way to publicise the sledges we receive. That stays on the field.

  • Cricket_theBestGame on November 25, 2013, 22:45 GMT

    warne seems to be living his captaincy via clarke! bailey showed what a calm guy he is by his remark. remember the incident against SL in that ODI series where warner and superstar maxwell having a go at angelo matthews and jaywardne, bailey just came in with a smile and pushed them away and defused the tension.

    clarke should've done the same. he is aus captain not a debutant who is letting the occasion get the better of him. well done CA for fining him and i hope ICC bring in code of conduct on abuse players dish out to each other.

  • pull_shot on November 25, 2013, 18:44 GMT

    Australians can make and break rules for there convenience, i don't understand why any team that tours australia will come across incident like these, I have seen these repeatedly to eng,ind,srilanka

  • Iwerneanffontmell on November 25, 2013, 18:02 GMT

    Is it just me but has anyone other than Warne heard Anderson's (alleged) remark to Bailey? Also, I didn't hear Anderson complaining just the Umpires. If the umpires found it offensive then next time I suggest he says it out of earshot.

  • on November 25, 2013, 17:54 GMT

    australia will make a good victory in ashes

  • on November 25, 2013, 17:40 GMT

    They should set up a ring in front of the members stand and let Anderson and Bailey slug it out wearing gloves and head guards.

  • kunderan on November 25, 2013, 15:37 GMT

    Fair point Warney, but that doesn't make what Clarke did right. Why don't you use your clout with the broadcasters and make them publish all the comments including Anderson's against Bailey?

    What happens on the field should stay on the field? Don't forget that you and all the others who play cricket are only able to do so because of the paying public and we have a right to know the whole truth and you as international celebrity have to insist on the whole truth. This will make it fair for all concerned.

    Also MC is the captain and sticking up for your player, even a debutant is not to join the fray but ensure that calmness and good sense prevail. Take a look at what Dhoni does when his team mates lose their cool!

  • KricketWicket on November 25, 2013, 15:27 GMT

    Cricket would be so much fun if they just allowed the stump mics to be broadcast live. Would be a lot more fun to watch than these boring commentators. The players should be allowed to say what they like without fear of fine.

  • gsingh7 on November 25, 2013, 14:24 GMT

    clarke did the right thing, i suppose. in cut throat competition these days, only the sturdy will survive. rest will fade away. aus won 1 game in last 10 . they were under huge pressure to improve their 5th rank in rankings .with each loss england are going to have a bigger gap to claw back from top 2 spots in icc table. england must be mentally prepared for 2nd test or i can see a repeat of 2007 5-0 whitewash. england batsmen cannot face rising bouncers in aus , as shown by trott's dismissals. i wud back johnson and harris to run through english lineup for 2nd test aswell.

  • on November 25, 2013, 13:40 GMT

    Oh and psychologically too.

  • on November 25, 2013, 13:39 GMT

    Its just England trying to stay on top because they know they are losing touch mentally and physically.

  • milepost on November 25, 2013, 13:36 GMT

    So now we have perspective. Now both sets of fans should shut up now and get focused back on cricket. I think it's worth noting no players from either team have complained or brought it up, they left it in the field, where the press and the ICC should have left it.

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  • milepost on November 25, 2013, 13:36 GMT

    So now we have perspective. Now both sets of fans should shut up now and get focused back on cricket. I think it's worth noting no players from either team have complained or brought it up, they left it in the field, where the press and the ICC should have left it.

  • on November 25, 2013, 13:39 GMT

    Its just England trying to stay on top because they know they are losing touch mentally and physically.

  • on November 25, 2013, 13:40 GMT

    Oh and psychologically too.

  • gsingh7 on November 25, 2013, 14:24 GMT

    clarke did the right thing, i suppose. in cut throat competition these days, only the sturdy will survive. rest will fade away. aus won 1 game in last 10 . they were under huge pressure to improve their 5th rank in rankings .with each loss england are going to have a bigger gap to claw back from top 2 spots in icc table. england must be mentally prepared for 2nd test or i can see a repeat of 2007 5-0 whitewash. england batsmen cannot face rising bouncers in aus , as shown by trott's dismissals. i wud back johnson and harris to run through english lineup for 2nd test aswell.

  • KricketWicket on November 25, 2013, 15:27 GMT

    Cricket would be so much fun if they just allowed the stump mics to be broadcast live. Would be a lot more fun to watch than these boring commentators. The players should be allowed to say what they like without fear of fine.

  • kunderan on November 25, 2013, 15:37 GMT

    Fair point Warney, but that doesn't make what Clarke did right. Why don't you use your clout with the broadcasters and make them publish all the comments including Anderson's against Bailey?

    What happens on the field should stay on the field? Don't forget that you and all the others who play cricket are only able to do so because of the paying public and we have a right to know the whole truth and you as international celebrity have to insist on the whole truth. This will make it fair for all concerned.

    Also MC is the captain and sticking up for your player, even a debutant is not to join the fray but ensure that calmness and good sense prevail. Take a look at what Dhoni does when his team mates lose their cool!

  • on November 25, 2013, 17:40 GMT

    They should set up a ring in front of the members stand and let Anderson and Bailey slug it out wearing gloves and head guards.

  • on November 25, 2013, 17:54 GMT

    australia will make a good victory in ashes

  • Iwerneanffontmell on November 25, 2013, 18:02 GMT

    Is it just me but has anyone other than Warne heard Anderson's (alleged) remark to Bailey? Also, I didn't hear Anderson complaining just the Umpires. If the umpires found it offensive then next time I suggest he says it out of earshot.

  • pull_shot on November 25, 2013, 18:44 GMT

    Australians can make and break rules for there convenience, i don't understand why any team that tours australia will come across incident like these, I have seen these repeatedly to eng,ind,srilanka