Australia’s spin legend Shane Warne on Tuesday accused England’s fast bowler James Anderson of threatening to punch George Bailey during the first Ashes Test in Brisbane, and said it was a “disgrace” that Michael Clarke was fined for standing up for his team mate.

Clarke was fined 20 per cent of his match fee on Monday over threatening Anderson to get ready for a broken arm in the final stages of the match at Gabba in Brisbane, Sunday.

Warne said Anderson’s sledge sparked an angry reaction from Clarke in the first Test against England.

“I think it’s a disgrace that @MClarke23 has been fined. What about what Jimmy Anderson said to Bailey, which wasn’t heard,” Warne wrote on Twitter.

“@MClarke23 stuck up for his debutant Bailey as he should have too as capt (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,” Warne tweeted.

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