MICHAEL Clarke has been fined 20 per cent of his match fee for threatening tailender James Anderson with a broken arm.
The International Cricket Council ruled Clarke breached its code of conduct relating to “using language or a gesture that is obscene, offensive or insulting during an international match”.
Clarke admitted the offence and accepted the sanction, avoiding the need for a formal hearing.
The incident occurred in the dying minutes of the Brisbane Test as tempers flared and the fast bowler engaged a number of Australians in verbal exchanges.
The Australian captain intervened when Anderson confronted short leg George Bailey during an intimidating spell of short bowling by Mitchell Johnson.
As Clarke walked back to the slips he was heard over the microphone saying “get ready to have your arm f**king arm broken”.
The ICC, which is yet to make an announcement about the charge, is expected to fine Clarke 20 per cent of his match fee.
Clarke said after Australia’s win at the Gabba yesterday that he didn’t believe anyone on the field had overstepped the mark with verbal barbs.
“I think it is because both teams want to win so badly,” Clarke said after the game.
“I respect that there is a line and both teams shouldn’t overstep that line.
“I think the rivalry and the banter on the field, it is give and take both ways. It is not one team dictating the other. It is about when you have momentum, run with it for as long as you possibly can.
“And when you don’t, fight your backside off to try and get it back. In this Test match, we have grabbed the moment and tried to run with it for as long as possible.”
The usually mild-mannered Clarke also wagged his finger in a close-up confrontation with Anderson, one of England’s worst sledgers, with the umpires needing to step in to cool tempers.
Clarke and Anderson’s was not the only battle in the match, with Australian opener David Warner telling a press conference he thought batsman Jonathan Trott was scared of short pitched bowling.
England captain Alastair Cook slammed the suggestion as disrespectful.
Warner admitted today that he might have taken things too far with his assessment of Trott.
“I made those comments for a reason,” he said at Brisbane airport today.
“Look, yesterday, the bounce and pace got to them again.
“It is Ashes cricket. Probably went a little bit too far with the comments, but it’s cricket and now it’s in the back of their mind.”
Clarke and Anderson have history, with the bowler claiming former Australian batsman Damien Martyn encouraged him to hit Clarke with his pads in the dressing rooms during the 2006-07 series.
Anderson wrote that he found Clarke “arrogant”.
“I said as much to Damien Martyn, who I was chatting to at the time, and, looking down at my feet, added: ‘See this pad here, I really want to wrap it around his head’.
“Do it,” Martyn replied, completely straight-faced.
“Now while Martyn was notorious for being someone who did not mix particularly well with his own teammates, and was not close to anyone, preferring to be something of a lone wolf, his bullish attitude nevertheless took me aback.
“I looked at him again as if to ask: ‘Are you sure?’
“Do it!’ he repeated.
“As I’d had a couple of beers, I didn’t need a second invitation, so I picked this pad up and cuffed Clarke with it, making the biggest thud imaginable in the process, and causing everyone in the room to stop nattering. For a split second, there was complete silence.
“What the f*** ya doing?’ he snarled.”
Clarke told The Australian that the story was rubbish, but it is an indication that the pair have no respect for each other, and that spilled out during the Test which the Australians won by 381 runs.