Sydney: Shane Warne said a threat by Jimmy Anderson to punch debutant George Bailey sparked the furious reaction by Australian skipper Michael Clarke in the first Test against England.Clarke was caught by a stump microphone telling the fast bowler to expect a broken arm.
Warne, who had access to all the stump microphone recordings tweeted that Anderson had threatened Bailey, who was fielding in close, with a punch to the face.”I think it’s a disgrace that Clarke has been fined. What about what Jimmy Anderson said to Bailey, which wasn’t heard,” Warne posted on Twitter on Monday.
“Clarke stuck up for his debutant Bailey as he should have too as captain after Anderson said he wanted to punch Bailey in the face.”Unfortunately only Clarke’s reaction to Anderson’s was heard live, we all heard Anderson’s sledge that led to Clarke reacting.”
He added: “Lastly as an international sportsman, if you decide to dish it out that is sledging you have to be prepared to cop it back too and not complain.”