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“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”
Australia captain Michael Clarke has been fined 20 per cent of his match fee for sledging England pace bowler James Anderson towards the end of the first Ashes Test in Brisbane.
The stump microphone picked up Clarke telling Anderson to “get ready for a broken f***ing arm”.
On-field umpire Kumar Dharmasena and third umpire Marais Erasmus charged Clarke under Article 2.1.4 of the International Cricket C0uncil (ICC) Code of Conduct, which relates to “language or a gesture that is obscene, offensive or insulting”.
Clarke accepted the charge, meaning that there will be no need for a formal hearing to take place.
The ICC, via a statement, noted that Clarke had “made inappropriate gestures and directed an obscenity towards England’s James Anderson, which was picked up by the stump microphone”.
Speaking about the incident, Clarke said: “Through my career, there has always been banter on the cricket field – and I cop as much as I give, that’s for sure. 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.”