England v Australia, 5th Investec Test, The Oval August 21, 2013

Lehmann rounds on 'cheating' Broad

ESPNcricinfo staff

Australia coach Darren Lehmann has, in an extraordinary outburst against England allrounder Stuart Broad, underlined his anger over Broad's decision to not walk at a crucial juncture of the first Test by calling for Australian crowds to get at Broad in the return Ashes series later this year.

"Certainly our players haven't forgotten, they're calling him everything under the sun as they go past," Lehmann said in an interview to the TripleM station. "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."

Lehmann's comments come a day ahead of the final Test at the Oval, with Australia striving to avoid an unprecedented fourth Test defeat in a Ashes series. It might have turned out to be a closer contest had Broad walked after edging into the keeper's leg, with the ball then carrying to slip, in a tightly fought first Test. Instead, he stood his ground and was involved in a match-changing 138-run stand with Ian Bell for the seventh wicket.

"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," Lehmann said. "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.

"He knew he hit it to slip. The biggest problem there is the poor umpire cops all the crap that he gets in paper and Stuart Broad makes him look like a fool. From my point of view it's poor, so I hope the public actually get stuck into him."

Broad had re-opened debate about the incident by speaking unrepentantly and brazenly about it earlier in the week. "Yes, I knew I'd hit it," he said. "But if you go through the series and look at the Australian players who have nicked it and not walked you could name several -- Warner, Rogers, Khawaja, Smith, Clarke, Agar. I mean it's quite a lot of players for it to be a big issue. Why are people picking on me? Well, it's the way our media works I suppose.

"It's a bit silly when people say I edged to slip because it was actually an edge to the keeper that went off his gloves to slip. I went down the other end and Ian Bell said, "What's happened there? I didn't hear anything". And Agar asked me if I'd nicked it because he wasn't sure. It wasn't as clear-cut as everybody thought."

By deciding to stand his ground, Broad said he had demonstrated the hard-edged attitude that Australia had used to great effect against England in previous years. "Australian cricket has a win-at-all-costs mentality whereas in England it can be 'let's shake hands and have a beer'," he said. "Maybe that's why they won non-stop for 20 years against us but there's one thing for sure about this England team and that is we're tough.

"We've come through tricky times and have stood up to be counted. We do have a win-at-all-costs mentality. We've been accused of all sorts of things this summer, like the tripe about tape on our bats, but that's not what the series will be remembered for. It's winning that will be remembered."

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  • beverly on August 24, 2013, 12:05 GMT

    Most of the responses that I am seeing here is calling Lehman a villain because he expressed his feelings in the most candid manner, over a despicable incident which took place, and put his team at a disadvantage! Imagine that my submission which seems to be the only one to say that Lehman is right to condemn dishonesty has not even been published! Imagine that the ONLY ONE that suggests that dishonesty should be condemned in the public, not even published! I wonder what is happening to our wotld? It appears that I am the only person on earth who thinks that dishonesty should be condemned in the most emotive manner! What a world!

  • John on August 24, 2013, 8:25 GMT

    @ Arindom Borahon (August 22, 2013, 22:05 GMT) How do you work out that ESPN are biased? They reported both issues as they would have reported the 6x6 against him , as they would have reported the hattrick he took against the very same side a few years later.

  • John on August 24, 2013, 8:24 GMT

    @ Dashgar on (August 22, 2013, 9:53 GMT) I think Broad is as mentally tough as anyone and don't think he'll be adversely affected at all by booing - so long as it's not the English fans booing. In fact I'd say he'd see it as a kind of compliment

  • Graham on August 23, 2013, 22:22 GMT

    Chupran; I coudnt agree with you mire about fans memiiries are short lived. Yes Symonds nicked it but had Ponting not been given out incorrectly LBW after smashing the ball then Symonds wouldn't have been in. Indian fans are very quick to forget this. All the wickets at the end of the game were actual wickets, 2 decisions went against India for the test (Dravid was not out in second innings) and one against Australia not a massive discrepancy so its time for Indian fans to stop there bleating.

  • usman on August 23, 2013, 12:16 GMT

    Lehmann is just trying to divert the focus and attention of Aussie public from the massive defeat scoreline in Ashes. He does not want himself to be held accountable for the mess, for his share.

  • Rajeev on August 23, 2013, 7:05 GMT

    Normally, I would join the chorus to give the Poms, especially Broad a very hard time indeed. However, as expressed by some other probably Indian supporters, memories are selective and short-lived. Yes, I am talking about the New Year test Aus vs India, SCG 2008 (after which Indian captain Kumble dryly remarked that only one team was playing cricket out there) which proves umpiring decisions and justice/injustice level out in the long time. Australia precarious at 190 odd for 6 when Symonds nicked behind which was heard by everyone in the ground except Umpire Bucknor (Symonds admitted to the nick later) and he went on to make a match winning hundred. In another poetic twist, the current captain Clarke refused to walk after being caught at slip in the second innings Lehman please note the catch was taken at slip. If Broad had walked, Australia would probably have not lost the Ashes. If Symonds had walked back then, India probably would not have lost 2-1 either- so take it on the chin

  • V.L on August 23, 2013, 3:45 GMT

    Funny that Australians are accusing someone of cheating. Remember Sydney Mr.Lehmann? Remember how Symonds nicked when on 0, given not out and went on to score a match-winning hundred, that cost us the series? The usually unruly crowd picking on a kid(Kohli) touring there for the first time? Australian crowds will pick on the Englishmen anyway. They just have to prepare for it and thrash them in their own backyard. I am no fan of the English team but I support anyone playing against the Aus!

  • KARVENT on August 23, 2013, 0:53 GMT

    Mr.Lehmann, if you say broad "blatantly cheated", Then how will you call your team in SYDNEY TEST January 2008 between India and Australia??? This kind of thing is new for Australia as opposition and it's usual for those play against Australia.

  • rob on August 23, 2013, 0:40 GMT

    I'm a bit surprised and disappointed in Boof over this. .. Any man with 10K + First Class runs should know better than that. The truth is, sometimes it goes for you, sometimes its against you.

    I think Lehmann will live to regret this, but I'm not going to hang him just yet. .. He's a passionate lover of Aus cricket and a brand new coach. .. Hopefully he'll learn from this and keep things a bit closer to his chest in the future.

  • jeff on August 22, 2013, 23:16 GMT

    As an Australian I was relieved when Lehman became our new coach and thought it would lead towards a positive change for the team and for the game but these comments from him have greatly hindered my beliefs. There's no way he can rightfully believe that Broad is a cheat and that he deserves harassment but back the Australian team when Clarke, Haddin and I'm sure others have done the same very thing this series, not to mention the fact that we've done it multiple times in "crucial situations" in the past. His reasoning from differentiating this particular case to any other one and involves him attempting to argue semantics and incorrectly too since the ball didn't go from bat to first slip but rather through the keeper.