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Ashes tour: Kevin Pietersen backs Stuart Broad decision not to walk

Kevin Pietersen: England batsman was dismissed for 64 on day three

England batsman Kevin Pietersen has backed Stuart Broad's decision not to walk after a blatant edge to slip during the third day of the first Ashes Test against Australia at Trent Bridge.

Broad, who had made 37 at the time, got a thick outside edge to an Ashton Agar delivery and the ball was smartly held by Australia captain Michael Clarke via a ricochet off wicketkeeper Brad Haddin's gloves.

Broad declined to walk but the real shock was when umpire Aleem Dar ruled him not out.

Australia would have easily overturned the verdict with a DRS review but they had already used their allocation of two on failed lbw calls against Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow.

Pietersen said: "Every batsman around the world has the right to wait for the umpire's decision and Stuart waited for the umpire's decision.

"Aleem Dar is one of the best umpires, and he has been rated one of the best umpires over the last few years, and (Broad) is well within his rights to wait for his decision."

Broad ended the day unbeaten on 47 and his unbroken stand of 108 with Ian Bell (95no) took England to 326-6 at stumps - a lead of 261 which Pietersen believes has put the hosts in command.

Great position

He added: "Generally I think we have got ourselves into a great position in this Test match.

"In that dressing room up there we have got some incredible bowlers and I think we are licking our lips in the position we have got ourselves into."

"Every batsman around the world has the right to wait for the umpire's decision and Stuart waited for the umpire's decision."

Kevin Pietersen

Pietersen, who made an important 64 before Bell and Broad came together, admits it has been an intense match and England have had to be patient in order to get themselves into this position.

He added: "Everybody watching it must be gripped to their televisions. It's fascinating stuff. I know every single one of us was glued to each and every seat for the last session and we didn't want to move.

"It is calm but there is a tenseness as we are only 261 ahead. I think we have got ourselves into a very good position in this Test match now though.

"We needed to start well this morning and I thought we laid the foundation nicely."

Pietersen is also delighted to be back in Test match action following his prolonged injury lay-off.

He said: "Ashes cricket is amazing. There is nothing better than Ashes cricket and if you want to play any cricket then this is the cricket to play.

"We have seen the emotion on day one in the crowd, the emotion yesterday and this is turning out to be a stunning Test match."

Should Stuart Broad have walked?

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