Darren Lehmann has launched an attack on Stuart Broad ahead of the fifth Ashes Test at The Oval. Lehmann goaded Australian cricket fans to send Broad home from Australia in tears after he arrives for the return leg of the Ashes series, starting in Brisbane on November 21.
In an interview with Triple M radio station, which has been reported widely in Australian newspapers, Lehmann hit out at Broad for "blatantly cheating" when he chose not to walk after edging the ball to slip in the first Test at Trent Bridge. The umpires had ruled Broad not out and Australia, having run out of reviews, had no option but to accept the decision.
"Certainly our players haven't forgotten. They're calling him everything under the sun as they go past him (on the field)," said Lehmann. "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."
Broad, after the reprieve when on 37, went on to score 65 in that second innings to help set up a 14-run win to put England on course for a 3-0 lead heading to the final Test at The Oval. Broad has since publicly defended his decision not to walk.
"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," argued Lehmann. "He hit it to first slip. The biggest problem there is the poor umpire cops all the crap and Stuart Broad makes them look like fools."
England followed up their victory in the first Test with a thumping 347-run win at Lord's and a 74-run victory at Chester-le-Street. The third Test at Old Trafford was drawn.