The Investec Ashes 2013 August 23, 2013

Lehmann's comments 'incitement' - ECB

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The ECB has stepped up the pressure on Australia's coach, Darren Lehmann, for his attack on Stuart Broad by accusing Lehmann of "incitement" and warning that they will take "all necessary steps" to ensure Broad's safety in the return Ashes series in Australia this winter.

England's unforgiving response looks bound to lead to the safeguard of additional security for Broad throughout the Australia tour in case Lehmann's comments on a Melbourne radio station lead to threats of aggression against him.

It is not clear whether the player has expressed concerns about his safety. Neither has there been any indication from Cricket Australia about whether they regard any such fears as remotely justified.

Lehmann, the first coach to be fined by the ICC for making comments about an opposition player, pleaded guilty to a charge of "publicly criticising and making inappropriate comments" about Broad during an intemperate interview, characterised by laddish banter, on the Melbourne radio station Triple M on the eve of the Oval Test.

He had invited the Australian public to target Broad and accused him of cheating for not walking during the first Test at Trent Bridge when he clearly edged a catch which rebounded to first slip off the wicketkeeper's gloves.

"I hope the Australian public give it to him right from the word go for the whole summer," Lehmann said. "And I hope he cries and goes homeā€¦ Certainly our players haven't forgotten; they're calling him everything under the sun as they go past. 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 has been widely condemned in the media and by former players including the ex-Australian captain Ian Chappell for double standards and unprofessional behaviour.

He was also fined 20% of his match fee by Roshan Mahanama, the ICC match referee after an intervention by the ICC's chief executive Dave Richardson.

Richardson said: "Whilst noting the context and nature of the comments made, showing mutual respect for one's fellow professionals - including for coaches, players and match officials - is a cornerstone of how we play the game."

The ECB has decided, however, that the matter should not end there, issuing a statement on Friday evening which read: "England and Wales Cricket Board, having reviewed the disciplinary process undertaken by the International Cricket Council overnight, have welcomed the swift action taken and also noted Cricket Australia's acceptance of the sanctions handed down to their team coach Darren Lehmann.

"The ECB, in supporting its players, management support staff and their families, believe no one in the game condones incitement of any kind and we will take all necessary steps to ensure safety on tour. The ECB now wishes to bring this disappointing incident to a close and will make no further comment."

Lehmann, it seems, has yet to adjust to an increasingly globalised world where somebody in his influential position can no longer temper his message to a selective audience without it becoming more public knowledge.

It remains to be seen whether his relaxed, outspoken attitude can prove successful in the present-day environment where every comment is logged, analysed and held to account.

England's public statements, by contrast, are repeatedly criticised as anodyne, but they generally possess a measure of self control which ensures they are not left open to the same allegations.

David Hopps is the UK editor of ESPNcricinfo

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • on August 23, 2013, 21:55 GMT

    How about "the cheat" Steve Smith who claimed a catch that he clearly grassed as it was obvious (except to blind David Gower) that more than half the ball was below his grip between ring and little finger aad those fingers were touching the grass?

    How about "the unsporting cheat" Michael Clarke who declared with one ball left of the over to deny James Anderson a chance for a five-for against Nathan Lyon?

    What is cheating? Where do we draw the line? There's a huge difference between what players do or say in the heat of the moment and a coach commenting on something that happened a month ago. Mr Lehmann's action is inexcusable and the I for one applaud the ECB for taking a hard and uncompromising line in this case.

  • on August 25, 2013, 10:03 GMT

    I sometimes wonder if any of the people in charge of the game have actually played cricket. Walking hardly occurs at any level of the game and anyone playing league cricket without official umpires knows that lbw is not going to happen unless the player is sitting on the stumps. This sort of behaviour is the norm in the game from top to bottom, perhaps if the top level players walked then it might filter down. Could always use tech after the game and hand out bans for blatant cheating but that is a whole new kettle of fish, rife with potential issues.

    As for Lehmann, he seems to like a bit of banter, one of the lads type, perhaps he needs to be a little more conservative when interacting with the media. Broad will love the challenge of the Aussie crowd, he is not the type to wind up. Seriously the top level of the game is played in the head anyway, anyone who can't deal with heckling is not going to succeed.

  • cozens on August 25, 2013, 9:26 GMT

    I think this will help Broad and get him fired up to perform. He seems the type who responds well to the 'backs against the wall' kind of approach. Lehmann may have inadvertently given Eng a huge boost with his immature ramblings.

  • docbob on August 25, 2013, 9:03 GMT

    "The ECB now wishes to bring this disappointing incident to a close and will make no further comment." What? I can't believe what I have just read, and even more, that the ECB felt it had to have it's 10 cents worth in the first place! Lehmann was ajudjed out of order, has been penalised, and has copped it on the chin. There it should end, but it must be said that Lehmann really is a breath of fresh air. Make no mistake, there will be retribution and Broad will have to wear it. It will be on the field, where it should be, and we will get to see how much of a man Broad really is. T'would be great to see him pasted from boundary to boundary and cop a fair bit of chin music. Can't wait for the Aussie summer!

  • thelapal on August 25, 2013, 6:43 GMT

    Who is Lehman to comment about Australia public does he thinks public is behind him supporting for their poor run in ashes ? Does he think Australia public will welcome their team with red carpet for what there achieved.Australia public is certainly not happy with their players itself from the tour of India. Every player in Australia team had there own share of luck.Every one was criticizing team for misusing DRS in their first test.Lehman knows their public will not support them for loosing ashes so he is trying to gain some support from the public by making such statements.

    If you see Rogers in 3rd test he was out clear LBW showed on big screen did the walk off ? he just went on and made century which still resulted in Australia loosing the test match.

  • hsitasP on August 25, 2013, 4:54 GMT

    It all started with Broad being accused (by some) that he was not upholding the "spirit of the game". I think we are taking this "principle" too far., more so as it can be interpreted differently by people. Just as in DRS, why leave the decision of being out/not out in the hands of players? That's what umpires/referees are there for, isn't it?

  • pulkit10 on August 25, 2013, 3:15 GMT

    Additional security against what? the barrage of harsh words he'll be subject to? ECB is making a mountain out of a mole hill here. Lehmann was angry and it came out - is it really so hard to understand that he believed he'd won a game if it wasn't for Broad not walking? No. Nothing more to it. What's done is done and I'm sure he understands it to. It was stupid of him to not be mindful because all the media is doing now is twisting his words and making it seem like he wants to inflict physical damage upon Broad.

    As for Broad...he better get used to it. He made a conscious decision to stay and must bear the consequences. No harm done. He's already used to criticism by now so might as well carry on and perform well to shut his opponents up.

  • on August 25, 2013, 2:46 GMT

    This is really sad about the Australian, You want to punish Broad for this , But what about the Australians when they didnot walk after they were out, I know one Incident when India has gone to play to Ausrtalia in 2000 at that time Steve Waugh was out But he didnot Walk, & when He was asked about the same He replied that When I was Not out But Umpires Declared me out I have to go , So If He thinks that I m NotOut then Why should I go, Now This is said by one of their Great Captain, This is your Sportsmanship & Your Expecting from others to be Honest Why should they

  • on August 25, 2013, 1:06 GMT

    Lehmann is not a Layman to comment about the opposition, when the game & series is still on. His frustration has caused lot more people, who were sympathising with OZ team for the act BROAD ( But His mind is narrow), to leave the camp. When the child is weak and not in a position to compete, would emotionally get upset and cry bitterly.

  • tapooori on August 25, 2013, 0:58 GMT

    Where do we draw the line whether or not the action by player is in the best interest of game. We term any wrongdoing by a player as cheating but what is cheating. A fielder claims a grassed catch is cheating but a batsmen does not walk after offering a catch is not? A bowler deceive an umpire is cheating but a batsman deceive an umpire is not.

    Broad did not walk after offering a catch at slip is not something new. Except Gilchrist, not a single Australian player (including Lehmann) ever walked after offering a catch.

    Cricket was introduced as gentleman game. It remained as gentleman game for a long time and then it evolved. Cricket for the past many years is a loser. Cricket was a loser when sledging was allowed. Cricket was a loser when players decided to let umpire decide whether or not they were out. Cricket was a loser when an umpire walked into the dressing room to apologise the player during a match. Cricket was a loser when an underarm ball was allowed just to win

  • on August 23, 2013, 21:55 GMT

    How about "the cheat" Steve Smith who claimed a catch that he clearly grassed as it was obvious (except to blind David Gower) that more than half the ball was below his grip between ring and little finger aad those fingers were touching the grass?

    How about "the unsporting cheat" Michael Clarke who declared with one ball left of the over to deny James Anderson a chance for a five-for against Nathan Lyon?

    What is cheating? Where do we draw the line? There's a huge difference between what players do or say in the heat of the moment and a coach commenting on something that happened a month ago. Mr Lehmann's action is inexcusable and the I for one applaud the ECB for taking a hard and uncompromising line in this case.

  • on August 25, 2013, 10:03 GMT

    I sometimes wonder if any of the people in charge of the game have actually played cricket. Walking hardly occurs at any level of the game and anyone playing league cricket without official umpires knows that lbw is not going to happen unless the player is sitting on the stumps. This sort of behaviour is the norm in the game from top to bottom, perhaps if the top level players walked then it might filter down. Could always use tech after the game and hand out bans for blatant cheating but that is a whole new kettle of fish, rife with potential issues.

    As for Lehmann, he seems to like a bit of banter, one of the lads type, perhaps he needs to be a little more conservative when interacting with the media. Broad will love the challenge of the Aussie crowd, he is not the type to wind up. Seriously the top level of the game is played in the head anyway, anyone who can't deal with heckling is not going to succeed.

  • cozens on August 25, 2013, 9:26 GMT

    I think this will help Broad and get him fired up to perform. He seems the type who responds well to the 'backs against the wall' kind of approach. Lehmann may have inadvertently given Eng a huge boost with his immature ramblings.

  • docbob on August 25, 2013, 9:03 GMT

    "The ECB now wishes to bring this disappointing incident to a close and will make no further comment." What? I can't believe what I have just read, and even more, that the ECB felt it had to have it's 10 cents worth in the first place! Lehmann was ajudjed out of order, has been penalised, and has copped it on the chin. There it should end, but it must be said that Lehmann really is a breath of fresh air. Make no mistake, there will be retribution and Broad will have to wear it. It will be on the field, where it should be, and we will get to see how much of a man Broad really is. T'would be great to see him pasted from boundary to boundary and cop a fair bit of chin music. Can't wait for the Aussie summer!

  • thelapal on August 25, 2013, 6:43 GMT

    Who is Lehman to comment about Australia public does he thinks public is behind him supporting for their poor run in ashes ? Does he think Australia public will welcome their team with red carpet for what there achieved.Australia public is certainly not happy with their players itself from the tour of India. Every player in Australia team had there own share of luck.Every one was criticizing team for misusing DRS in their first test.Lehman knows their public will not support them for loosing ashes so he is trying to gain some support from the public by making such statements.

    If you see Rogers in 3rd test he was out clear LBW showed on big screen did the walk off ? he just went on and made century which still resulted in Australia loosing the test match.

  • hsitasP on August 25, 2013, 4:54 GMT

    It all started with Broad being accused (by some) that he was not upholding the "spirit of the game". I think we are taking this "principle" too far., more so as it can be interpreted differently by people. Just as in DRS, why leave the decision of being out/not out in the hands of players? That's what umpires/referees are there for, isn't it?

  • pulkit10 on August 25, 2013, 3:15 GMT

    Additional security against what? the barrage of harsh words he'll be subject to? ECB is making a mountain out of a mole hill here. Lehmann was angry and it came out - is it really so hard to understand that he believed he'd won a game if it wasn't for Broad not walking? No. Nothing more to it. What's done is done and I'm sure he understands it to. It was stupid of him to not be mindful because all the media is doing now is twisting his words and making it seem like he wants to inflict physical damage upon Broad.

    As for Broad...he better get used to it. He made a conscious decision to stay and must bear the consequences. No harm done. He's already used to criticism by now so might as well carry on and perform well to shut his opponents up.

  • on August 25, 2013, 2:46 GMT

    This is really sad about the Australian, You want to punish Broad for this , But what about the Australians when they didnot walk after they were out, I know one Incident when India has gone to play to Ausrtalia in 2000 at that time Steve Waugh was out But he didnot Walk, & when He was asked about the same He replied that When I was Not out But Umpires Declared me out I have to go , So If He thinks that I m NotOut then Why should I go, Now This is said by one of their Great Captain, This is your Sportsmanship & Your Expecting from others to be Honest Why should they

  • on August 25, 2013, 1:06 GMT

    Lehmann is not a Layman to comment about the opposition, when the game & series is still on. His frustration has caused lot more people, who were sympathising with OZ team for the act BROAD ( But His mind is narrow), to leave the camp. When the child is weak and not in a position to compete, would emotionally get upset and cry bitterly.

  • tapooori on August 25, 2013, 0:58 GMT

    Where do we draw the line whether or not the action by player is in the best interest of game. We term any wrongdoing by a player as cheating but what is cheating. A fielder claims a grassed catch is cheating but a batsmen does not walk after offering a catch is not? A bowler deceive an umpire is cheating but a batsman deceive an umpire is not.

    Broad did not walk after offering a catch at slip is not something new. Except Gilchrist, not a single Australian player (including Lehmann) ever walked after offering a catch.

    Cricket was introduced as gentleman game. It remained as gentleman game for a long time and then it evolved. Cricket for the past many years is a loser. Cricket was a loser when sledging was allowed. Cricket was a loser when players decided to let umpire decide whether or not they were out. Cricket was a loser when an umpire walked into the dressing room to apologise the player during a match. Cricket was a loser when an underarm ball was allowed just to win

  • on August 24, 2013, 20:41 GMT

    I don't really like Australia but I'll take them anyday over England. Staurt Broad is egotistical and is blatant about cheating. Lt doesn't matter if someone has cheated. His doing it doesn't make it right and is not something to be proud of

  • Adoh on August 24, 2013, 20:39 GMT

    And they think this will help Stuart? Just like sanctioning David Warner helped him not to be bullied by the English crowds... The article touches on it, but the problem is not the character of individuals, but the microscopic media analysis of anyone with character - people who are not afraid to make comment that is not politically correct. The general public is much more intelligent than the media give them credit for. Boof is a breath of fresh air - a real person with all the lumpy bits that come with it. People are sick of scripted facades - it is disingenuous and boring.

  • TomPrice on August 24, 2013, 18:27 GMT

    @HenryPorter is having a laugh. The difference in attitude between Johnson and Broad is like night and day. Johnson is, was, and always will be psychologically fragile and an easy target for a bullying crowd. Broad has shown nothing but brass neck, he couldn't care less what Australian crowds think, much less their verbally incontinent coach.

  • on August 24, 2013, 18:14 GMT

    I find Henrik Loven's remark that Unsporting Clarke declared with one ball left in the over to deny James Anderson getting a five for very hilarious and most ridiculous comment I have ever heard. With Lyon due to face the last ball Clarke obviously thought there was not much that can be achieved by his No. 11 facing one ball. If it was Steve Smith he would have allowed that as there would have been a much greater chance of him scoring a boundary. As a neutral observer from Sri Lanka I think Broad's action was against the spirit of the game and he should have been fined as in the case of Ramdin who received a suspension for claiming a catch which was not there as pointed out by Michael Holding. Although England will be winning the series 3-0 actual contest was much closer than that. England top order struggled against Australian bowling throughout the series while the likes of Rogers, Watson and Smith can look forward with confidence to the return series.

  • on August 24, 2013, 18:03 GMT

    The ECB should not be whingeing about Lehmann's comments and twisting his right to freedom of speech into the falsified fallacy of "incitement". By the same token, however, if there is one team that has no right to lecture others on gamesmanship or sportsmanship, it is Australia. Warwick Armstrong. Don Bradman. Ian Healy. Justin Langer. Andrew Symonds. Michael Clarke. Brad Haddin.

  • YorkshirePudding on August 24, 2013, 18:02 GMT

    I think the ECB has just fired a warning shot to say that if anything does happen in Australia, they will hold Lehmann responsible, and by extension CA.

    Lehmann has tried to laugh it off saying it was in jest, but its strange it was said after Broad had destroyed Australia at CLS, and all it will take is someone to take on board his words and it could cause problems, especially considering Aussie grounds are like english ones with very few barriers.

  • kngRthr on August 24, 2013, 14:02 GMT

    i can't believe an australian is complaining about not walking.

    they invented it or at least perfected it.

    i live in australia and it is the accepted way.

    think back a few years when Gilchrist was the only walker

  • somethingdifferent on August 24, 2013, 13:48 GMT

    I am neither Australian nor English so I am not favoring any side. What Lahmann said in the interview was inappropriate to say in public. However one can understand australian frustration as Broad's dismissal could have changed the result of the test and even the series. A lot of times when batsmen do not feel the faint edges ( i sat this by experience) so one is okay for not walking on a caught behind but broad's edge was so clear that the batsman should have walked. if not cheating at least it was beyond the spirit of the game. Quoting other incidents does not change the fact that broad held his ground knowing he had edged. Shame.

  • on August 24, 2013, 12:51 GMT

    typical pompous response from the ecb

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

    Protect his security? Protect him from what? Words? It's Australia, for crying out loud, not Afghanistan. He'll be heckled profusely, but if he's man enough he'll handle it.

  • on August 24, 2013, 11:22 GMT

    darren is just upset becavse he has'nt gnt a squad of players to win a game against a quality side like england.its just sour grapes.we will win in the winter too

  • HenryPorter on August 24, 2013, 9:28 GMT

    Sounds like several folks are in a non-reality bubble. Regardless of Lehmann's off-the-cuff comment, or the ICC review-and-token-penalty, or the ECB's belated press release, Broad was, is and always will be getting heaps from Australian crowds. Hereafter maybe as much as Mitchell Johnson has, is and always will be getting heaps from all sorts of people "incited" in all sorts of other ways. These two players' test records, by the way, are currently very similar and very uneven and so maybe it's the crowds' way of addressing their match-winning potential.

  • dunger.bob on August 24, 2013, 9:25 GMT

    I didn't read the article and haven't bought into any of the arguments so far. In effect I'm completely untainted by any of the hoo-haa. .. I'm as Aussie as Skippy, but Boof has crossed the line here. .. He could get roasted over this and his coaching career could be over before it even starts. The really sad thing is that it's his fault.

    Any man with 15K+ F/C runs has got to know that nobody walks. No matter what, you wait for the umpire.

    I put it down to passion for Aussie cricket and new job fever. .. whatever it is, for pities sake, just don't make a habit of it or you will be crucified as a hypocrite Boof.

  • BRUTALANALYST on August 24, 2013, 8:39 GMT

    I mean seriously the Barmy Army and England dish out far worse you'd never see an Aussie side or player crying about incitement - for example look how they all treated "Super Mitchell Johnson" in the previous series . . .

  • BRUTALANALYST on August 24, 2013, 8:29 GMT

    Lehmans comments were completely left field but this is so OTT from ECB and does nothing for the hypocrisy(can dish it but can't take it) tag associated with England players and camp expressed by others around the World. Seriously what has happened to the English "Banter" and fight when did everything become so PC and serious ? Disappointing, a good 4-0 thrashing is all the punishment that is needed !

  • Reverend-Cavalier on August 24, 2013, 8:18 GMT

    This is only one reason why Lehmann should not be coach. Also, I don't see the results under him as coach improving upon the previous management. We are repeating the 1984 to 1986 years of stop start selections and the results are similarly poor.The selection of Faulkner is dumbfounding...picking a bowler when the problem for the entire series has been the batting !

    My team to stick with for the Ashes in Australia 1. Rogers 2. Maddinson 3. Hughes 4. Clarke 5. Smith 6. 7. Paine 8. Starc 9. Siddle 10. Lyon 11. Harris

  • Katey on August 24, 2013, 6:19 GMT

    Was it just last year that the Proteas lined up to make a guard of honour for Ricky Ponting in his last match ... a man who had given them as much pain and grief as any batsman in the world? Reading these comments from the Aussie coach about an opposition player make it seem like it happened in another century.

    Where is the generosity, the respect, towards the opposition? Or is winning the only goal of sport? I always thought sport meant more than just that, but then I am from another century!

    And honouring the opposition captain didn't lose the Proteas the match either. They got their win, and the respect of the spectators at the same time. Rudeness and nasty comments aren't a sign of strength, but of weakness.

  • harry93 on August 24, 2013, 4:15 GMT

    Lehmann's comments are unacceptable for a coach but the response has been sufficient. As for the ECB, boohoo! You don't want your team targeted put a stop to the time wasting and boring, negative cricket. We see endless articles about how to make cricket more attractive financially, like playing under lights etc, but boring cricket is boring cricket whether it's played in broad daylight or under lights. English supporters will say a win's a win and that it's important not to give the Aussies a leg up by allowing them a win. If the Aussies don't win this test they will still walk away with a great deal of belief because they'll know the English are worried, even at home in their own conditions. That's invaluable. And if the English lose after playing so negatively, well...

  • on August 24, 2013, 3:49 GMT

    I still cant believe what he said....I can understand, he thinks it should have been 2-2 going into the final test but such a public statement from d coach of a top cricketing nation sends out a very bad signal (confirming d popular...k..forget it) The way he smiles around with his players in his job I thought he would have moved on..

  • DustBowl on August 24, 2013, 2:35 GMT

    I'm glad Bob Willis reminded us all on TV recently about Lehmann's worse outburst re Sri Lankans ten years ago.

  • on August 24, 2013, 2:29 GMT

    Lehmann's comments may well have been undiplomatic to say the least, but reviving memories of the "Broad incident" in the lead up to the 5th Test have helped spice up interest in the game and the follow-up series. To set up Broad as the pantomime villain of the Australian summer should be great for the series, I think Broad's shoulders can handle it, surely. Conversely, the use of the word "incitement" (with the hint of incitement to violence, threat to safety) in the criticism of Mr Lehmann seems an astonishing over-reaction, if it is not seen as bizarrely hyper-formal counter-gamesmanship. Just as Gilchrist's walking (after being given not out!) in the 2003 World Cup Semi-Final at a critical juncture in the game is unforgettable.... a cynical non-walk after a very thick edge (in the knowledge that Australia had no reviews left) after the umpire's howler... will no doubt stick in the mind. And be replayed. In slow-mo. Often. All part of the game. Game. Yes, a game! Chill out! Enjoy!

  • SMALI_RWP on August 24, 2013, 0:55 GMT

    Quite frankly I find Lehmann's comments calling Broad a cheat for not walking quite distasteful. I'm not defending Broad but I want to bring some facts for the cricket followers. The ONLY explanation I can think off for making such a remark is the fact that the severe battering the Aussies had being handed out in the last few Ashes series. They have become disorientated and now can't think straight. It is called short memory syndrome!!. Who started not walking....... Mr. Waugh & Co...... His take on staying at the crease when getting caught behind the stump was ...It is for the Umpire to adjudicate!! So where was the sportsman spirit then, this habit regretfully got picked by other losing teams too. So mate Lehman stop grumbling and get on your bike as Austrailia has become loser after marrying to IPL and that too playing in midst of heat without complaining for the sake of making few more bucks.

  • Cpt.Meanster on August 24, 2013, 0:10 GMT

    This article is laughable. Protection for Chris Broad ? What are they gonna do ? Build him a 7 feet tall metal container and let him dwell inside that when on the field ? LOL. Broad will be given some lovely words of advice and love by the Aussie crowd. I am sure that should never be denied lol.

  • OhhhhhMattyMatty on August 23, 2013, 23:32 GMT

    If anything happens to Broad in the return series, Lehmann should be up in court! I'm frightened for Broad's safety if he has to field at fine leg or deep backward square.

  • OhhhhhMattyMatty on August 23, 2013, 23:32 GMT

    If anything happens to Broad in the return series, Lehmann should be up in court! I'm frightened for Broad's safety if he has to field at fine leg or deep backward square.

  • Cpt.Meanster on August 24, 2013, 0:10 GMT

    This article is laughable. Protection for Chris Broad ? What are they gonna do ? Build him a 7 feet tall metal container and let him dwell inside that when on the field ? LOL. Broad will be given some lovely words of advice and love by the Aussie crowd. I am sure that should never be denied lol.

  • SMALI_RWP on August 24, 2013, 0:55 GMT

    Quite frankly I find Lehmann's comments calling Broad a cheat for not walking quite distasteful. I'm not defending Broad but I want to bring some facts for the cricket followers. The ONLY explanation I can think off for making such a remark is the fact that the severe battering the Aussies had being handed out in the last few Ashes series. They have become disorientated and now can't think straight. It is called short memory syndrome!!. Who started not walking....... Mr. Waugh & Co...... His take on staying at the crease when getting caught behind the stump was ...It is for the Umpire to adjudicate!! So where was the sportsman spirit then, this habit regretfully got picked by other losing teams too. So mate Lehman stop grumbling and get on your bike as Austrailia has become loser after marrying to IPL and that too playing in midst of heat without complaining for the sake of making few more bucks.

  • on August 24, 2013, 2:29 GMT

    Lehmann's comments may well have been undiplomatic to say the least, but reviving memories of the "Broad incident" in the lead up to the 5th Test have helped spice up interest in the game and the follow-up series. To set up Broad as the pantomime villain of the Australian summer should be great for the series, I think Broad's shoulders can handle it, surely. Conversely, the use of the word "incitement" (with the hint of incitement to violence, threat to safety) in the criticism of Mr Lehmann seems an astonishing over-reaction, if it is not seen as bizarrely hyper-formal counter-gamesmanship. Just as Gilchrist's walking (after being given not out!) in the 2003 World Cup Semi-Final at a critical juncture in the game is unforgettable.... a cynical non-walk after a very thick edge (in the knowledge that Australia had no reviews left) after the umpire's howler... will no doubt stick in the mind. And be replayed. In slow-mo. Often. All part of the game. Game. Yes, a game! Chill out! Enjoy!

  • DustBowl on August 24, 2013, 2:35 GMT

    I'm glad Bob Willis reminded us all on TV recently about Lehmann's worse outburst re Sri Lankans ten years ago.

  • on August 24, 2013, 3:49 GMT

    I still cant believe what he said....I can understand, he thinks it should have been 2-2 going into the final test but such a public statement from d coach of a top cricketing nation sends out a very bad signal (confirming d popular...k..forget it) The way he smiles around with his players in his job I thought he would have moved on..

  • harry93 on August 24, 2013, 4:15 GMT

    Lehmann's comments are unacceptable for a coach but the response has been sufficient. As for the ECB, boohoo! You don't want your team targeted put a stop to the time wasting and boring, negative cricket. We see endless articles about how to make cricket more attractive financially, like playing under lights etc, but boring cricket is boring cricket whether it's played in broad daylight or under lights. English supporters will say a win's a win and that it's important not to give the Aussies a leg up by allowing them a win. If the Aussies don't win this test they will still walk away with a great deal of belief because they'll know the English are worried, even at home in their own conditions. That's invaluable. And if the English lose after playing so negatively, well...

  • Katey on August 24, 2013, 6:19 GMT

    Was it just last year that the Proteas lined up to make a guard of honour for Ricky Ponting in his last match ... a man who had given them as much pain and grief as any batsman in the world? Reading these comments from the Aussie coach about an opposition player make it seem like it happened in another century.

    Where is the generosity, the respect, towards the opposition? Or is winning the only goal of sport? I always thought sport meant more than just that, but then I am from another century!

    And honouring the opposition captain didn't lose the Proteas the match either. They got their win, and the respect of the spectators at the same time. Rudeness and nasty comments aren't a sign of strength, but of weakness.

  • Reverend-Cavalier on August 24, 2013, 8:18 GMT

    This is only one reason why Lehmann should not be coach. Also, I don't see the results under him as coach improving upon the previous management. We are repeating the 1984 to 1986 years of stop start selections and the results are similarly poor.The selection of Faulkner is dumbfounding...picking a bowler when the problem for the entire series has been the batting !

    My team to stick with for the Ashes in Australia 1. Rogers 2. Maddinson 3. Hughes 4. Clarke 5. Smith 6. 7. Paine 8. Starc 9. Siddle 10. Lyon 11. Harris

  • BRUTALANALYST on August 24, 2013, 8:29 GMT

    Lehmans comments were completely left field but this is so OTT from ECB and does nothing for the hypocrisy(can dish it but can't take it) tag associated with England players and camp expressed by others around the World. Seriously what has happened to the English "Banter" and fight when did everything become so PC and serious ? Disappointing, a good 4-0 thrashing is all the punishment that is needed !