England v Australia, 1st Investec Test, Trent Bridge, 3rd day

'An appalling piece of umpiring'

Reactions to Stuart Broad's decision to stand his ground against an appeal on the third day of the first Ashes Test

ESPNcricinfo staff

July 13, 2013

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Ian Botham and Shane Warne watch the TV screen as rain delays play, England v Australia, Edgbaston, 3rd Test, 1st day, July 30, 2009
Shane Warne and Ian Botham offered strong views on Stuart Broad's decision © AFP
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"What Stuart Broad did amounts to the same thing as [Denesh] Ramdin. He knew he had hit the ball. The ICC fined Ramdin and suspended him for 'actions that were contrary to the spirit of the game'. What Stuart Broad did is contrary to the spirit of the game. He played the ball and stayed there."
Former West Indies fast bowler Michael Holding

"Don't have a problem with Stuart Broad not walking its a decision which he will have to live with! #Ashes."
Former Australian allrounder Tom Moody

"If you start banning players who don't walk, Australia wouldn't have a team"
Former England captain, Ian Botham

So should a bowler call back the batter when he knows its a bad decision ? Of course not , I'm bored of this !
Former England captain, Andrew Flintoff

"Just saw the Broad dismissal ... sorry non-dismissal. No issue with him not walking but an appalling piece of umpiring. Hard to fathom."
Paul Marsh, Australia Cricketers' Association CEO

"You can pinch the soap from a hotel without shame but you can't rob the safe. There are many grades of grey in cricket's spirit."
Australian journalist Peter Lalor

"Once, professionalism explained walking: it was mutual respect between pros. Now, professionalism excuses not walking. Pathetic."
Australian journalist Greg Baum

"Australians have a reputation (other than Gilchrist) for not walking, not sure I've ever seen anything like that before with Broad's edge!"
Writer and broadcaster Mihir Bose

"I have no problem with batsmen not walking if there is 1% of doubt. But Broad 100% knew he was out, and cheated. Unacceptable."
Journalist and television host, Piers Morgan

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Posted by YorkshirePudding on (July 15, 2013, 13:53 GMT)

Quick question to the Aussies here, how do they deel about Clarke not walking in the second test in 2010 when he bat padded a catch of KP?

Ultimately he was out becasue England used a review, and for those that dont remember it came of the full face of the bat with australia staring down the barrel of an innings defeat.

Posted by   on (July 15, 2013, 9:55 GMT)

Either Broad plays or his match refree DAD stays, confict of interest. Stuart Broad is pretty much confident that his dad will ALWAYS save him as has been evident throughout his career. Had he been an asian player, he would have been banned so many times that he would not be plying anymore. Michael Holding is right, fine him or reverse Ramdins ban.

Posted by Dave1970 on (July 15, 2013, 7:47 GMT)

I have no issue with Dar making a mistake. The issue I have is the use of DRS. The third umpire should be allowed to intervene & quickly communicate to an ump that there is an issue with his decision - hold play while it is checked, & if the field ump isn't sure about a decision he has made refer it to third umpire.Take the review ability away from players. Let the umpires umpire. And support the umpires trying to get it right rather than moan about how long it takes.

Lastly, I have played cricket & didn't walk. Upon reflection I regret such. The spirit of the game is more valued than glory under false pretences. Broad should said, " I hit the ball ump." & let the third ump check to make sure all ok. Broad would of got more respect as player than he now has.

I agree with Holding. Ramidin was reprimanded, so should Broad & all those that bring the game in disrepute. The game needs a standard & enforce it, to show the new generation how to play in the Spirit of the Game.

Posted by jrg_from_oz on (July 14, 2013, 16:35 GMT)

Broad made 28 in his 3rd innings.

The margin at the end was 14.

I await the ICC's action with interest.

Posted by Dark.Matter on (July 14, 2013, 9:52 GMT)

This whole episode of dar making a blunder and broad not walking did reveal one thing that every good player joining commentary box to become an analyst does not guarantee that player will be a good analyst. I think Mr. Shane Warne would agree with this complex phenomena.

Posted by regofpicton on (July 14, 2013, 2:56 GMT)

It is not the limit of two reviews that is silly. It is being silly in using the two reviews that has caused the problem. But there is something to the point that some innings are much longer than others. Tennis seems to have "challenges" farly well right. Perhaps an addition appeal to DRS could be made available at 100 overs and 150 overs. Or maybe 2 to start and another with each new ball?

I do know that player challenges and Hawk-eye in tennis add greatly to the drama. Yes i know - some will ask if we could cope with any more drama than we already have . . .

Posted by   on (July 14, 2013, 0:41 GMT)

Wonderful comments by Botham. Australians, of all persons, should not talk of walking.

Posted by   on (July 14, 2013, 0:16 GMT)

No Batsman should ever walk. Let the highly paid officials make the call. It goes a little way to even the balance. Cricket has never been a lesson on Morals and Ethics. Bowlers/Wicketkeepers can appeal for ridiculous decisions they know to be wrong and not face any sanction, yet a Batsman standing his ground , inviting the umpire to do his job is vilified .Nonsense !!

Posted by web_guru2003 on (July 13, 2013, 23:07 GMT)

No doubt that should have been given out. Any umpire on his not-so-bad-day would have got the decision right, Dar did not because he is a human. Dar otherwise is a wonderful umpire and unlike Shane Warne's rant, Dar get the decision right +95% of time in crucial moments. Shane Warne is probably taking a go to take out frustrations from his days when Dar did not cave into his furious appealing and almost every single time Dar got it right then.

Umpire get split second to make the decision. There might be other factors involved which made him think it was not out (such as deflection from keeper's pad). He made a mistake, MOVE ON.

Also why do we have separate moral code for fielders, batsmen and bowlers? What Broad did was nothing different than what Ramdin did against Pakistan but Ramdin was punished but Broad ...well..

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