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“I just hope the Australian public give it to him right from the word go for the whole summer and I hope he cries and he goes home”
Australia coach Darren Lehmann has launched an astonishing blitz attack on England pace bowler Stuart Broad after he refused to walk when edging a delivery to the slips during the first Ashes Test at Trent Bridge, Nottingham.
As a result of Broad’s “blatant cheating”, Lehmann called on Australian fans to get “stuck” into the 27-year-old when England visit the land down under in November for the second leg of the Ashes series.
“Certainly our players haven’t forgotten, they’re calling him everything under the sun as they go past,” Lehmann told TripleM station. “I hope the Australian public are the same because that was just blatant cheating. I don’t advocate walking but when you hit it to first slip it’s pretty hard.”
Broad’s decision not to walk saved England as he was involved in a game-changing 138-run partnership with Ian Bell.
“From my point of view I just hope the Australian public give it to him right from the word go for the whole summer and I hope he cries and he goes home,” Lehmann said. “I just hope everyone gets stuck into him because the way he’s carried on and the way he’s commented in public about it is ridiculous.
“He knew he hit it to slip. The biggest problem there is the poor umpire cops all the crap that he gets in paper and Stuart Broad makes him look like a fool. From my point of view it’s poor, so I hope the public actually get stuck into him.”
Broad recently admitted that he had indeed hit the ball, but chose not to walk since many other players had opted for that option when they were in the same position as him.
“Yes, I knew I’d hit it,” Broad said. “But if you go through the series and look at the Australian players who have nicked it and not walked you could name several — Warner, Rogers, Khawaja, Smith, Clarke, Agar. I mean it’s quite a lot of players for it to be a big issue. Why are people picking on me? Well, it’s the way our media works I suppose.
“It’s a bit silly when people say I edged to slip because it was actually an edge to the keeper that went off his gloves to slip. I went down the other end and Ian Bell said, ‘What’s happened there? I didn’t hear anything’. And Agar asked me if I’d nicked it because he wasn’t sure. It wasn’t as clear-cut as everybody thought.”
The 27-year-old pace bowler added that he had decided to stand his ground since the Australians had used the same tactic in many of the previous Ashes series.
“Australian cricket has a win-at-all-costs mentality whereas in England it can be ‘let’s shake hands and have a beer’,” he said. “Maybe that’s why they won non-stop for 20 years against us but there’s one thing for sure about this England team and that is we’re tough.
“We’ve come through tricky times and have stood up to be counted. We do have a win-at-all-costs mentality. We’ve been accused of all sorts of things this summer, like the tripe about tape on our bats, but that’s not what the series will be remembered for. It’s winning that will be remembered.”