Clarke Fined For Anderson Comments
Australia captain Michael Clarke has been fined 20 percent of his match fee after breaching the ICC Code of Conduct during a verbal exchange with James Anderson.
Towards the end of the first Ashes Test in Brisbane, Clarke suggested that Anderson should prepare himself for a broken arm, the Australian captain using offensive language and gestures.
By doing so, he was found to have breached Article 2.1.4 of the ICC Code of Conduct relating to "using language or a gesture that is obscene, offensive or insulting."
The charge was brought by on-field umpire Kumar Dharmasena and third umpire Marais Erasmus after Clarke's comments were clearly audible via the stump microphone.
Clarke admitted the offence and accepted the sanction imposed by match referee Jeff Crowe, which meant there was no need for a formal hearing.
Australia won the match by 381 runs to go 1-0 up in the five-match series.
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