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'Get ready for a broken f---ing arm'

Australian captain Michael Clarke's sledge to England's Jimmy Anderson was heard loud and clear on the stumps' microphone.

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Australian captain Michael Clarke has been charged by the International Cricket Council and fined 20 per cent of his match fee over the expletive-laden tirade at England tailender James Anderson during the first Test in Brisbane.

Clarke was at the centre of a heated clash with Anderson as tempers reached fever pitch towards the conclusion of the Test on Sunday at the Gabba.

Nasty spat: James Anderson of England has words with Australia captain Michael Clarke.

Nasty spat: James Anderson of England has words with Australia captain Michael Clarke. Photo: Getty Images

At one point Clarke was picked up by a stump microphone saying to Anderson "get ready for a broken f---king arm".

The umpires charged Clarke with a level one code of conduct breach under Article 2.1.4 of the ICC Code of Conduct for using "language or a gesture that is obscene, offensive or insulting during an International Match".

On Monday morning, Clarke admitted the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by Jeff Crowe of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees. There was no need for a formal hearing.

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All Level 1 breaches for this offence carry a penalty of a warning/reprimand and/or the imposition of a fine up to 50 per cent of the applicable match fee.

It would not be the first time the national captain has fallen foul of officialdom this season.

He was reprimanded by Cricket Australia earlier this month for showing dissent at an umpire's decision during a Shield game for NSW after using the "T" sign to intimate a not out decision against his team should be referred to the third umpire. Third umpires are not used for Shield games.

 

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