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    Michael Clarke fined for sledging James Anderson

    File photo of a verbal altercation between Michael Clarke and James Anderson during the 2010 Ashes.

    File photo of a verbal altercation between Michael Clarke and James Anderson during the 2010 Ashes. (AFP)

    Australia captain Michael Clarke has been fined 20 percent match fee for using offensive language against England paceman James Anderson during the first Ashes Test at the Gabba, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said on Monday.

    Clarke was found guilty of breaching the ICC Code of Conduct relating to "using language or a gesture that is obscene, offensive or insulting during an international match", the governing body said in a statement.

    No formal hearing was required after the Australian captain admitted the offence and accepted the punishment from match referee Jeff Crowe, the statement added.

    Australia won the contest by 381 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series on Sunday.