A proper sledge

Darren Lehmann shows how a proper sledge is delivered…

Australia coach Darren Lehmann has, in an extraordinary outburst against England allrounder Stuart Broad, underlined his anger over Broad’s decision to not walk at a crucial juncture of the first Test by calling for Australian crowds to get at Broad in the return Ashes series later this year.

“Certainly our players haven’t forgotten, they’re calling him everything under the sun as they go past,” Lehmann said in an interview to the TripleM station. “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’s comments come a day ahead of the final Test at the Oval, with Australia striving to avoid an unprecedented fourth Test defeat in a Ashes series. It might have turned out to be a closer contest had Broad walked after edging into the keeper’s leg, with the ball then carrying to slip, in a tightly fought first Test. Instead, he stood his ground and was involved in a match-changing 138-run stand with Ian Bell for the seventh wicket.

“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 said. “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.

“He knew he hit it to slip. The biggest problem there is the poor umpire cops all the crap that he gets in paper and Stuart Broad makes him look like a fool. From my point of view it’s poor, so I hope the public actually get stuck into him.”


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  • Only Lehmann is a fucking hypocrite. Bitching about broad not walking, that cunt did the EXACT SAME THING when he was playing for Australia.

    I think the hypocrisy deems the sledge invalid.

  • lofty

    Oh DIDDUMS … Short memories prick. Aussie cricketers are the worlds biggest cheats.
    Lest we forget.

    • They have a long proud history of being non-walkers.

      Or in Lehmann’s words, “cheats”.

      • tarkwin

        Gillespie was the worst. He denied gloving a ball and saved a test against us. Most blatant I’ve ever seen. Wonder if Lehmann can remember that?

        • Bunswalla

          Possibly Gilchrist? Gillespie was a bowler I think.

          • tarkwin

            Definitely Gillespie. He was a part Abo bowler, one of the very few. Wasn’t a terrible batsman, batted about seven normally. Always known as bad sportsman.

  • Hazards001

    ” I don’t advocate walking but when you hit it to first slip it’s pretty hard.”
    What a cock, he wasn’t famous for walking. In fact it’s a bit rich an Aussie even having a position on cheating in sport in general and cricket in particular.
    I wonder what BJ thinks of this!

    • James Stephenson

      No, he’s famous for a racist spray when he was run out in Sri Lanka, for which he copped a 5-game ban.

      I get the impression he thinks Broad is of a different generation of English cricketers too…you’re only motivating him “Boof”, and that’s what undermines your attempted sledge.

  • GazzW

    Doesn’t matter what we think of Lehmanns’s comments. Personally I can’t wait for Broad to walk out on to the MCG because the Poms are such graceless winners and their MSM will be gloating for months about retaining the Ashes.

    • Roger

      Me too. Can’t wait for the Poms to take it to the born to rule cricket Aussies. It’ll be at least a three-peat series. Everyone’s forgetting how poor the Australian batting has been. They have been made to look competitive by a good attack. Once Cook and Trott resume normal transmission it’ll be 5-0.

      And, Lehman is ALFC

  • johnbronkhorst

    Wonder what he had to say about Dyers ….”catch”????
    Dyer the liar!

  • metalnwood

    They should all be like the reverend Gilchrist, honest and always walks when he is out….

    Only issue there was Gilchrist, as a wicket keeper, appealed and got more batters out when he knew they hadn’t hit the ball than wickets he ever gave back by walking himself.

  • island time

    So he was fined for accusing Broad of cheating. Yet his comments were made after Broad admitted that he did not walk….go figure..

    • Bunswalla

      Why the fuck should he walk? They have umpires for a reason, third umpires and the DRS for a reason. If it’s the batsman’s job to also be the umpire then of course he should walk – provided he’s allowed to stay in when he’s given out and he knows he’s not out.

      • island time

        Never Said he should walk. Broad admitted to cheating (i.e. not walking). He knew he hit it, he was asked the question and he lied. All Lehmann did was repeat what Broad has admitted to. I couldn’t give a shit if he walked or not – who cares. The puzzling bit is that Lehmann hardly brought the game in to disrepute by accusing the guy about what he had already admitted to.

  • Grizz30

    What about Aussies bitching about booing Cooper and another advocating another player, albeit from another code, should be getting raspberries. You cannot have it both ways.