London - Australia coach Darren Lehmann has accused England's Stuart Broad of
"blatant cheating" and urged fans in Australia to make sure the
all-rounder "cries and goes home" during the return Ashes series.
has annoyed Australia's players and supporters with his behaviour
during the ongoing Ashes, which England lead by an unbeatable 3-0
heading into the final Test at The Oval in south London starting on
The 27-year-old Broad angered his Australian opponents
in particular during England's narrow 14-run first Test win at Trent
Bridge, his Nottinghamshire home ground, when he refused to walk when
given not out at a crucial stage of the game after a thick edge
deflected off the wicketkeeper's gloves to slip.
He then appeared to deliberately waste time to ensure lunch was taken on a tense final day as Australia eyed a dramatic victory.
Australia batsman Lehmann was unimpressed by Broad's failure to walk,
telling Australian radio station Triple M in an interview broadcast on
Wednesday: "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," he
"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 added.
"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."
bowling sparked an Australia collapse in the fourth Test at
Chester-le-Street that saw England to a 74-run win, but that didn't
appear to concern Lehmann, who said Broad's conduct in the series opener
had heaped further pressure on the umpires, much criticised for several
contentious decisions this Ashes.
"He hit it to first slip ...
and the biggest problem there is the poor umpire cops all the crap that
he gets in (the) paper and Stuart Broad makes them look like fools," he
"From my point of view it's poor, so I hope the public actually get stuck into him."
Earlier this week, Broad said the incident had not been as clear-cut as it seemed at the time.
"It was an odd one. There was no particular noise because of the noise of (Brad) Haddin's gloves," he said.
a bit silly when people say it was nicked to slip because actually it
was edged to the keeper's gloves and flew off the gloves to slip.
went down to the other end and Ian Bell was like 'what happened there, I
didn't hear anything?' Agar came up to me and asked if I'd nicked it
because he wasn't sure.
"So it wasn't as clear cut as everyone had thought, although I knew I'd hit it."