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Thursday, 22 August 2013 00:00

Darren Lehmann: Stuart Broad is a blatant cheat

Coach calls for Australian supporters to make England man’s life a misery during return Ashes series Down Under this winter
by Michael Jones

Cricket: Australia coach Darren Lehmann accused England’s Stuart Broad of “blatant cheating” today, while urging cricket fans Down Under to make sure the bowler “cries and goes home” during this winter’s return Ashes series.

Broad has been under fire from Australia’s players and support due to a number of incidents during the current Test series, which England lead 3-0 heading into the final match that started today.

The 27-year-old did not walk when he nicked a ball behind in the first Test and also stands accused of using time-wasting tactics to aid the hosts when they have been up against it.

Since then the Nottinghamshire man has admitted that he knew he had hit the ball at Trent Bridge, while speaking of England’s win-at-all-costs mentality.

But Lehmann has not been impressed and has urged the Australian fans to voice their displeasure when the next series starts on November 21 in Brisbane.

“Certainly our players haven’t forgotten, they’re calling him everything under the sun as they go past,” Lehmann said of Broad’s failure to walk in an interview given to Australia radio station Triple M.

“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.

“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.

“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.”

Broad has angered Australian fans further by helping England to their third successive Ashes win, with his brilliant bowling in the last Test securing victory on a dramatic fourth afternoon in Durham.

His popularity with home fans is higher than ever as a result, but Lehmann has no interest in indulging him and went on to accuse him of letting the umpires — much-maligned during the series — take the blame on his behalf.

“He hit it to first slip ... and the biggest problem there is the poor umpire cops all the crap that he gets in (the) paper and Stuart Broad makes them look like fools,” he added.

“From my point of view it’s poor, so I hope the public actually get stuck into him.”

Broad fanned the flames earlier this week when he referred back to the Trent Bridge incident and admitted he knew that he had nicked Ashton Agar’s delivery, though the England man also claimed his failure to walk was not as clear-cut as it had been portrayed.

“It was an odd one. There was no particular noise because of the noise of Haddin’s gloves,” said Broad.

“I went down to the other end and Ian Bell was like ‘what happened there, I didn’t hear anything?’ Agar came up to me and asked if I’d nicked it because he wasn’t sure.

“So it wasn’t as clear cut as everyone had thought, although I knew I’d hit it.”

The England and Wales Cricket Board declined to comment on Lehmann’s accusations.

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