ECB to bolster security when national team travel Down Under

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Security around Broad and his team-mates will be dramatically increased

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have announced that they will be bolstering security when the national team travel to Australia in November due to fears for the players safety after Australia coach Darren Lehmann told the public to “get stuck into” pace bowler Stuart Broad for his “blatant cheating” in the first Test at Trent Bridge, Nottingham.

Lehmann branded Broad a “cheat” for not walking when he edged a delivery to the slips.

“I hope that the Australian public just give it to him right from the word go for the whole summer,” Lehmann had said. “And I hope he cries and goes home.”

The International Cricket Council (ICC) fined Lehmann for his comments and, while his apology may have been accepted, the long-term damage may have already been caused.

“There probably will be extra security for everyone,” England coach Andy Flower said. “It’s something we’re taking very seriously.

“We enjoyed our tour of Australia last time. There’s always a little bit of barracking and what have you, but in the main it’s fairly good natured and I’d hope it’ll be the same this next trip.”

Lehmann also apologised to Broad during the post-series celebrations at The Oval.

“I’ve had a chat with him already and we just move on,” he said. “It was a good learning curve for a new coach, wasn’t it, you know – a jovial setting, but you’ve got to learn from that.”

Despite the apology, Flower was still not in a forgiving mood as he was disgusted by the fact his Australian counterpart had stooped to such a low level by launching a brazen verbal attack against Broad.

“I think when we are put in these positions they are fairly responsible positions,” Flower said. “You have to take those responsibilities seriously. I don’t think that was a well-judged thing to say, but we are looking forward to going to Australia. We really enjoyed the challenge last time, we enjoyed exploring the country and the Australian public were excellent, so we hope that’ll be the same next time.”

The ECB also released a statement about the increase in security measures, which said: “The ECB, in supporting its players, management support staff and their families, believe no one in the game condones incitement of any kind and we will take all necessary steps to ensure safety on tour.”

However, despite all the fervour this ugly episode has drummed up, Broad confirmed that Lehmann had apologised and added that he was keen on just moving on.

“Spoke to Darren Lehmann last night,” he said via Twitter. “He apologised for his comments, I accepted it. He said they were made in Jest for banter. Done.”

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