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“It was an important moment in the game because, let’s be honest, if Belly and I hadn’t put on those runs, we wouldn’t have won the Test match”
England pace bowler Stuart Broad has insisted that he did the right thing by standing his ground and refusing to walk during the first Ashes Test at Trent Bridge this summer, even though he knew he had edged the ball.
Broad, who had scored 37 runs at the time, went on to make 65 before he was finally dismissed.
“My first comment on that whole incident is I could name you 18 or 19 players who played in an Ashes series who nicked it and didn’t walk,” Broad told the BBC. “We could be here all day if I named players from the past, and I am trying to think of someone in the modern game who is consistently a walker.
“It’s a really interesting debate and something that got blown so out of proportion, maybe because the Australians were frustrated they had wasted two referrals.
“It was an important moment in the game because, let’s be honest, if Belly and I hadn’t put on those runs, we wouldn’t have won the Test match, so we would only have won 3-1 or something.”
Broad’s decision to stand his ground infuriated Australia coach Darren Lehmann, so much so, that he even went on a verbal rampage against the 27-year-old pace bowler during the fifth Test at The Oval.
However, Broad revealed that Lehmann later apologised for his comments.
“Ryan Harris came over to me and apologised,” Broad added. “First of all he said from the players we have given him [Lehmann] a hard time and his comments were unacceptable.
“Then Lehmann came across and said: I meant it in jest. I said that in black and white it doesn’t look like jest to me.
“He said something along the lines of, listen to the interview, and I said, I have far better things to do with my time, and that was about it. We shared a nice beer and I said, ‘See you in November’.
“I don’t wish I’d walked, if I had we’d have lost the game. I’ve never been a walker, why would I walk if the umpire hasn’t given me out?
“You know what it is like in the Ashes, sometimes you nick it and you are so frustrated with yourself that you get your head down and you storm off.
“If you nick it to first slip you’re going to walk off.
“People who are not educated in cricket and say I edged to first slip are completely wrong. I edged it to Haddin’s gloves he dropped the catch and it went to first slip.
“It didn’t even cross my mind that it would be an issue whatsoever. I was so surprised when I came off the field. If it wasn’t an Ashes series it wouldn’t even have been mentioned.
“I’d do the same in Brisbane. I won’t nick it though I’ll hit it for four!”
However, while Broad expects to be centre of attention for all the wrong reasons in Australia, there is one man who actually supported and respected his decision not to walk.
Australia opening batsman Chris Rogers stated that he respected Broad’s defiance and added that he would have done the exact same thing had he been in his shoes.
“I’d stand still,” Rogers said. “You’re playing for your country and it all counts. Also you’re paid to do a job so with all the technology they should be able to get it right, but it didn’t go for us that day.
“I can’t blame him. The actual innings I got a hundred I gloved one and the keeper ran round and caught it. I knew I’d gloved it so I didn’t walk. That is just part of it.
“If people want to walk then so be it, that is their prerogative, it is up to everyone what they do.
“That is your job and you’ve got to be competitive and do as good as you can. I wouldn’t walk if I didn’t have to.”
Rogers added that Australia need to win the first Test in Brisbane as it will give them a much-needed boost in confidence.
“If we can win this first Test in Brisbane I think it will give us massive confidence,” Rogers said. “If we get knocked over it could be tough to come back so the first Test is crucial.”