Australia coach Darren Lehmann has launched an astonishing attack on England bowler Stuart Broad, encouraging fans to send him home crying from the return Ashes series, according to Andy Wilson in the Guardian.
Broad was at the centre of controversy during the first Ashes Test when he chose not to walk despite knowing he had edged behind. A fired-up Lehmann, talking to music radio station Triple M, insists he will now have to face the music when he arrives on Australia shores in November.
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.
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.
Lehmann’s fury stems from the incident that took place at Trent Bridge in the opening Ashes Test, which England won by 14 runs.
Broad stood his ground after edging an Ashton Agar delivery, knowing Australia were out of reviews and unable to challenge umpire Aleem Dar’s decision to declare him not out.
At first glance the edge looked abundantly clear as it bounced off Brad Haddin’s gloves to first slip. However, Broad defended his decision not to walk by insisting it was a confusing incident.
I knew I'd hit it.
It was an odd one. There was no particular noise.
It was noise off (Brad) Haddin's gloves. It is silly when people say it was nicked to slip because it was en edge to the 'keeper’s gloves that flew to slip.
Broad’s admittance that he knew he hit it flared the temper of Lehmann on the morning of the final Ashes Test, which is something of a dead rubber with England already 3-0 ahead.
All eyes will be on the England man after Lehmann revealed his disgust at the etiquette of Broad and encouraged Aussie fans to give him hell—over the next five days and when England head to Australia for the return series at the end of the year.
He hit it to first slip ... and the biggest problem there is the poor umpire cops all the crap that he gets in paper and Stuart Broad makes them look like fools.
From my point of view it's poor, so I hope the public actually get stuck into him.
The views of Lehmann are already dividing the cricket world, with journalists either revelling in the drama or condemning Lehmann as something of a hypocrite for becoming the voice of reason.
Broad will be part of the England side attempting to pile more embarrassment on Australia at The Oval, starting Wednesday morning.
The all-rounder is known to relish personal battles and is unlikely to become a shrinking violet following Lehmann’s unprovoked attack.