Australia v England, 1st Test, Brisbane, 2nd day

Broad fan incitement comes home to roost

Daniel Brettig in Brisbane

November 22, 2013

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Australia have attempted to douse the flames of supporter incitement against Stuart Broad - started by the national team coach Darren Lehmann - by requesting the shutdown of a Facebook page on which its creator promised to run onto the MCG and tackle the England fast bowler on Boxing Day.

Cricket Australia were silent when Lehmann was fined $3,000 by the ICC for referring to Broad's "blatant cheating" when he did not walk after edging a catch behind the wicket in the first Test of the previous Ashes series at Trent Bridge, adding that he expected Australian crowds to make the Englishman's life a misery down under in the return bout.

"I hope they give it to him right from the word go for for the whole summer, and I hope he cries and goes home," Lehmann said on Triple M, the radio station that has won a share of the commercial rights for the summer. "I just hope everyone gets stuck into him, because of the way he's carried on and the way he's commented about it in the public is ridiculous."

The fans have an early message for Stuart Broad, Australia v England, 1st Test, Brisbane, 1st day, November 21, 2013
The Brisbane crowd were on Stuart Broad's back at the start of the first Test © Getty Images

The subsequent campaign against Broad has veered into evermore outlandish territory, peaking with the creation of a Facebook page entitled "100,000 likes and I'll tackle Stuart Broad on Boxing Day". The page has now accumulated more than 114,000 likes, moving CA to request it be removed from the social networking site and warning the page owner against carrying out his threat.

"Cricket Australia takes this issue seriously and will not tolerate anti-social behaviour, or anyone encouraging it, at any cricket match," CA said in a statement. "We've been in contact with Facebook to request the specific page be removed and will be passing on all available information to the relevant authorities.

"Anyone considering acting in this way is not welcome at the cricket and offenders will be subject to criminal charges and fines at all venues. Fines for entering the field of play vary from venue to venue but range in the thousands of dollars per offence."

In a statement the ECB said: "The ECB deplores any threats made towards any player and would urge Facebook to accede to Cricket Australia's request to remove the offending and offensive page. There is no place in cricket for the incitement to violence of any form."

Shane Warne had earlier offered fierce criticism of the campaign run by Brisbane's Courier-Mail newspaper to belittle Broad, suggesting it had served only to add motivation for England on the opening day of the match.

"This ridiculous stuff with the papers is just childish," Warne said on Channel Nine. "It's just like being at primary school. The Australian papers - we've been the worst media, the worst print media, for a long time. They're horrific, some of these guys, and I tell you what this is actually helping Broad, it's actually backfiring on them straight away.

"You don't really need that added motivation but as an individual deep down you think, 'I'll show you. You can sing your songs as much as you like but I'm just going to go about my business, I know what I'm doing'. It just inspired you a little bit more."

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Posted by   on (November 23, 2013, 0:08 GMT)

Some fat, beer-swilling ozzie would likely come out on the wrong side of tackling Broad. But come on Australia, this has the makings of a great ashes series. Previous Australian batsmen have not walked (with the exception of Gilchrest) and the hypocrisy of the nation and its cricket supporters is just silly and the Australian press showing itself to be juvenile at best.

Posted by   on (November 22, 2013, 22:04 GMT)

This is what the Ashes and test cricket is all about! It's not just another meaningless series, which doesn't invoke passion or reaction from the fans. While, I don't condone such behavior as the Facebook incident or promoting physical harm, I think, bit of banter between the players and fans are fine. It's what makes the matches more interesting and memorable. If you are a NBA fan, than many fans still remember the matches between Bulls vs Pistons and Boston vs Lakers during the early 90's. Those encounters are still memorable, because people still remember how hard fought those games were and how much passion and emotion it generated from fans and players alike.

Posted by BigINDFan on (November 22, 2013, 20:19 GMT)

Booing is childish but still normal in a heated up series like Ashes. Inciting violence is over the line and takes away from the game. Maybe CA should think about putting fences like in some of the Indian grounds to ensure no lunatic runs into the play area.

Now if Warner goes after Broad's bowling like Yuvraj Singh did in T20s or Mitch bowling short pitched when Broad is batting are good contests and in good taste.

@inefekt - Mitch got affected in 2009 by the ridicule from Eng fans. However a huge part of his failure was he was not confident of his skills and not mature as a player. If he faced the same situation now he will come off better. Broad can handle it becoz he is confident of his skills. The point Warne is making is stop encouraging Broad to muster than extra focus given his ability to win matches single handedly.

Posted by   on (November 22, 2013, 11:09 GMT)

I actually cannot believe how moggy the Ozzies have gone over Broad and his refusal to walk. Hypocritical and completely overboard at the same time! I am rooting for the Ozzies this Ashes but this maniacal behaviour is making me reconsider that support.

Posted by   on (November 22, 2013, 10:57 GMT)

What ever happened to sportsman spirit. You play the game hard and end of the day enjoy couple of cold beverages. Did we forget all of that. Players get emotional on the field and to a certain degree it is acceptable. But coach and a newspaper inciting violence? TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE. This needs to be nipped in the bud. What next war?

Posted by   on (November 22, 2013, 10:05 GMT)

@inefekt. different players respond differently to different situations. Mitchell Johnson is a soft Queenslander. he doesn't take booing well and crumbles under negativity. Unfortunately Broad is like Anthony Mundine and SBW. they thrive on public hate and use it to their advantage

Posted by YorkshirePudding on (November 22, 2013, 10:00 GMT)

@Not_Another_Keybored_Expert, "have targeted Aussie players before", but there was never any incitement for fans to harm any of these players, there was not Facebook site set up to encourage someone to 'tackle' either of these players.

Even the UK media didnt got to the extent that the aussie papers have, if they did then they'd never name any Aussie for not 'walking' and pretty much the entire team photo would have been whited out during the 90's, with only Gillchrist visible.

Posted by tuffersmagic on (November 22, 2013, 10:00 GMT)

love the way all these comments are coming out after he got a 6-fer. had he been slapped all round the park you'd have all thought it was a great plan that put him off his game!

Posted by inefekt on (November 22, 2013, 9:43 GMT)

Dear Warnie, the hatred and ridicule Mitchell Johnson received from the English during that fateful Ashes tour in 2009 didn't exactly motivate him, in fact it nearly destroyed him..........well it at least went a long way to winning them the Ashes back.

Posted by Digimont on (November 22, 2013, 9:42 GMT)

Its interesting...the Australian crowd invested all its booing into one player and only one player performed. Maybe we should be nice to all of them and quietly recover the Ashes?

Posted by dunger.bob on (November 22, 2013, 9:36 GMT)

Disgusting. He's just trying to do the best he can for his country.

The problem with Facebook is that lunatic ideas can get enough visible supporters as to appear relevant and on the pulse. In other words, it's a dangerous piece of pure crap. in my old fogey but socially responsible opinion.

Posted by wayno1971 on (November 22, 2013, 9:34 GMT)

Couldn't agree with u more @AnthonyMD the way the local media have carried on is disgraceful, what started as maybe tongue in cheek has now escalated to down right ordinary and your right if broad was Australian we'd be egging him on. I'm sorry but none walk these days, pretty pathetic actually

Posted by   on (November 22, 2013, 9:33 GMT)

Prior has set himself up now as well. Why on earth did he stand there? Only worth doing if there are no referrals left for the bowling side.

Posted by Not_Another_Keybored_Expert on (November 22, 2013, 9:30 GMT)

@ Nathan74 They have targeted Aussie players before, have you forgotten about Warner and Johnson?

Posted by YorkshirePudding on (November 22, 2013, 9:18 GMT)

@Meety, it sounds like the Courier Mail has a lot in common with the Yorkshire Post, and the way the Yorkshire Media reported UK Golds last year if someone from Yorks was in the team.

Posted by   on (November 22, 2013, 9:10 GMT)

Stuart Broad does have some mongrel in him. That's a trait that is revered in Australians (by Australians). Why not give credit where credit is due. Broad has excelled. I don't like it - I prefer the Adam Gilchrist way- but there aren't to many Aussies or Poms like that. Also why do we hate it so much when the Kiwis give Quade Cooper the rub? Let's be tough but let's be fair!

Posted by AnthonyMD on (November 22, 2013, 9:07 GMT)

Don't often agree with Warne, but he has nailed it here. Good on Stuart Broad, loved how he eyeballed Mitch Johnson today after receiving a ripping short ball. He is only hated because we wish he was one of ours.

Posted by Meety on (November 22, 2013, 8:48 GMT)

Its typical Courier Mail article. The sports section is the most embarrassingly biased sport pages in the country. When someone from QLD wins an Olympic medal - they don't say Ozzy Gold - they say QLD gold, can't think of any other state paper that does that. Ever since the no-walk issue - they have bagged Broad from pillor to post, for something that he is basically entitled to do, wait on the Umpires decision.

Posted by satishchandar on (November 22, 2013, 8:43 GMT)

Well.. Sledging is a double edged sword.. It can do what Yuvi did to Broad but at the same time, it can make Best walk away disappointed to the same Freddie. In all case, the effect of sledge would be based on the end result.

Warne saying this was based on the result. Had Broad been mentally disintegrated and sprayed it around, he would have made different statement probably naming the media and the jibes as the 12th man.

Posted by roadrunner440 on (November 22, 2013, 8:38 GMT)

If ever there was anyone qualified to comment on primary school attitudes it's Warnie. He's dead right though, Broad has a bit of mongrel in him and thrives off a bit of sledging. I couldn't believe what I was reading when I saw Lehmans comments during the radio interview. In my opinion it was an extremely irresponsible action that possibly imparted a certain pressure on his top order who fell to the Broadside :)

Posted by   on (November 22, 2013, 8:32 GMT)

i dont see any wrong with Broad incident in England, it was umpires fault and more importantly Clarke, for not using his reviews sensibly. I bet, most AUSSIES would have done the same. if they were in that situation (incl. Lehmann). how could "YOU or THESE" AUSSIES forget 2008 Sydney test!?!?!?!?!?!?

Posted by Biggus on (November 22, 2013, 8:12 GMT)

@Front-Foot-Sponge:-Agreed mate, this has gone on for way too long. In fact when it happened I just groaned and got up to make a coffee. Our press has really lost the plot on this issue and if something untoward does happen they will bear the blame for irresponsibly fanning the flames. Of course as the press always do they would deny it (hey, we only report the news) but we know better. I wouldn't ever even condone booing a player, let alone trying to incite people to attack him.@vswami:-" You can hardly expect anything sensible from Aussie papers." I'd actually go further, you can't expect anything sensible from papers, Australian, English OR Indian, they're all rubbish as a general rule.

Posted by pat_one_back on (November 22, 2013, 8:12 GMT)

Murdoch press, what do you expect, they've persecuted far weaker and less deserving than Broad.

Posted by Nathan74 on (November 22, 2013, 8:01 GMT)

Is Lehmann a suitable coach to Aussies. He is setting the worst roll model. CA should sack him. Not that he has done a good job as coach either. At least CA should issue a statement reprimanding Lehmann. I wonder how he will feel if the Poms target an Aussie player when they next go to UK.

Posted by Blokker on (November 22, 2013, 7:43 GMT)

Australian papers - the Murdoch variety in any case - are a national joke.

Posted by   on (November 22, 2013, 7:42 GMT)

The intimidation clearly worked. 6 wickets and 32 runs in the 1st innings - I'll take that from him in every innings for the rest of the series :)

Posted by RednWhiteArmy on (November 22, 2013, 7:39 GMT)

Ive been waiting a long while to say this, but well said Shane Warne

Posted by vswami on (November 22, 2013, 7:34 GMT)

You can hardly expect anything sensible from Aussie papers.

Posted by Front-Foot-Sponge on (November 22, 2013, 7:01 GMT)

They should leave Broad alone, this isn't reflecting well and isn't sporting.

Posted by kensohatter on (November 22, 2013, 6:56 GMT)

Theres no need for anyone to tackle him just give the ball to Mitch ask him to pitch it short for a few overs and Broad will take himself home

Posted by Nmiduna on (November 22, 2013, 6:46 GMT)

Well i never expected warnie to say anything sensible and worthy of his legacy for a long time...but here it is...nice to hear :)

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Daniel Brettig Assistant editor Daniel Brettig had been a journalist for eight years when he joined ESPNcricinfo, but his fascination with cricket dates back to the early 1990s, when his dad helped him sneak into the family lounge room to watch the end of day-night World Series matches well past bedtime. Unapologetically passionate about indie music and the South Australian Redbacks, Daniel's chief cricketing achievement was to dismiss Wisden Almanack editor Lawrence Booth in the 2010 Ashes press match in Perth - a rare Australian victory that summer.
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