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Lehmann called on the Australian public to verbally abuse Broad throughout the second leg of the Ashes series
Australia coach Darren Lehmann has been ordered to pay 20 per cent of his match fee from the fifth and final Ashes Test, which took place at The Oval, after he was charged for accusing England pace bowler Stuart Broad of having “blatantly cheated” during the first Ashes Test at Trent Bridge, Nottingham.
Lehmann launched an astonishing verbal attack on Broad after the 27-year-old refused to walk when he had clearly edged a delivery to the slips.
Lehmann noted that Broad clearly knew he had hit the ball and called on the Australian public to “give it to” the pace bowler when England tour Australia for the second leg of the Ashes series in November.
“Certainly our players haven’t forgotten, they’re calling him everything under the sun as they go past,” Lehmann said in an interview with Australia’s Triple M radio 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.”
The 43-year-old Australian coach even went as far as saying that “I hope he cries and he goes home”.
Lehmann was fined after pleading guilty to breaching Article 2.1.7 of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Code of Conduct, which relates to “public criticism of, or inappropriate comment in relation to an incident occurring in an international match or any player, player support personnel, match official or team participating in any international match.”
ICC chief executive David Richardson slapped Lehmann with the fine after the former Australian batsman admitted to the offence and accepted the punishment imposed by match referee Roshan Mahanama.
“Whilst noting the context and nature of the comments made, showing mutual respect for one’s fellow professionals – including for coaches, players and match officials – is a cornerstone of how we play the game,” Richardson said.