Fifth Ashes Test: Darren Lehmann slams Stuart Broad as a 'cheat'
Last Updated: 21/08/13 3:10pm
Australia coach Darren Lehmann has launched an astonishing attack on Stuart Broad, and told fans Down Under to "get stuck in" to the England all-rounder as soon as he lands for the return series this winter.
England are looking to finish off a 4-0 Ashes series win in the fifth Test at the Oval on Wednesday, but Lehmann has already started the verbal jousting ahead of the return series.
Broad and his England team-mates will head to Australia for the return Ashes series which starts on November 21 in Brisbane, and with the two being so close there should be plenty of needle left over from this summer.
Lehmann says he and his team are still furious about Broad not walking when he edged a ball to first slip in the first Test at Trent Bridge - when he was somehow given not out by the umpire despite it looking quite an obvious nick.
The Australian coach says that players have not forgotten about Broad's actions, and has called upon the Aussie fans not to either - and to reserve as hostile a reception as possible.
"Certainly our players haven't forgotten, they're calling him everything under the sun as they go past," Lehmann said on Triple M radio.
"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."
The fact Broad has now admitted the edge and not walking has seemingly angered Lehmann even more, and his comments ensure there will be no love lost in the final Test at the Oval.
"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.
"That was just blatant cheating. I don't advocate walking, but when you hit it to first slip it's pretty hard."
Darren Lehmann on Broad
"He hit it to first slip - and the biggest problem there is the poor umpire cops all the c*** that he gets in the 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."
Speaking earlier this week Broad referred back to the Trent Bridge incident, admitting he knew he had nicked Ashton Agar's delivery but Broad claimed his failure to walk was not as clear-cut as it had been portrayed.
"It was an odd one. There was no particular noise because of the noise of Haddin's gloves," he said.
"It's 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.
"I 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."