Brisbane - Australian skipper Michael Clarke was fined 20 percent of his match
fee on Monday for threatening tailender James Anderson with a broken arm,
but insisted there is no animosity with England.
VIDEO: Clark drops F-bomb sledge!
The home team's
huge 381-run victory on Sunday was tarnished by constant sledging as
frustrations boiled over, culminating in Clarke being caught by a stump
microphone telling Anderson to "get ready for a broken fucking arm".
usually mild-mannered Clarke also wagged his finger in a close-up
confrontation with the England quick, one of his team's worst sledgers,
with the umpires needing to step in to cool tempers.
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".
He admitted the offence and accepted the sanction, avoiding the need for a formal hearing.
capped a torrid Test with England skipper Alastair Cook also upset at
David Warner calling his team frightened, while singling out batsman
Jonathan Trott as "weak". Cook slammed the remarks as "disrespectful".
media lapped up the tense war of words with the Sydney Daily Telegraph
screaming on its front page: "Poms Mitch-slapped as rampant Aussies
bring back the sledge," referring to fast bowler Mitchell Johnson
tearing through the England innings.
But Clarke said it was simply
his competitive nature and had nothing to do with Australian bitterness
over England's 3-0 Ashes win sealed in August.
Instead, it showed Australia were up for the fight.
think it is because both teams want to win so badly," he said. "I
respect that there is a line and both teams shouldn't overstep that
"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.
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."
Warner on Monday said Australia had taken the verbal fight to England to unsettle them.
made those comments for a reason," he told reporters at Brisbane
airport. "Look, yesterday, the bounce and pace got to them again.
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."
Coach Darren Lehmann appeared to back the tactics, saying he was all for aggressive cricket.
"I like them playing hard cricket. I like our boys being aggressive without crossing the line," he said.
defeat at the Gabba in Brisbane was one of the heaviest-ever in the
Ashes for England with the tourists crumbling under the searing pace of
Johnson to be all out for 179 late on the fourth day. They were skittled
for 136 in the first innings.
With four more Tests to play,
Australian selectors will stick with the same squad for the next clash
in Adelaide starting on December 5, with Johnson vowing to keep bowling
his fearsome short-pitched deliveries.
The fragility of England's
batting will be a concern for Cook with just a two-day game in the
searing heat of Alice Springs against a Chairman's XI to get it right
ahead of the second Test.
"We'll go away, regroup, be honest with
ourselves and come back. We've done it before. There won't be any
hiding," said the defiant skipper.
But former England captain Michael Vaughan said it was not looking good.
"There are some real issues in England's top seven batting line-up," he said. "They've got a lot of soul searching to do."