Chappell says Lehmann a `hypocrite` in Broad row
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Chappell says Lehmann a `hypocrite` in Broad rowLondon: Former captain Ian Chappell has accused Australia coach Darren Lehmann of hypocrisy in attacking England`s Stuart Broad for "blatant cheating" during this season`s first Ashes Test.

Lehmann`s comments in an Australian radio interview saw him fined 20 percent of his match in the ongoing fifth and final Ashes Test at The Oval.

The 27-year-old Broad angered Australia during England`s narrow 14-run first Test win at Trent Bridge when he refused to walk after a thick edge deflected off the wicketkeeper`s gloves to slip.

Victory sent England on their way to taking an unbeatable 3-0 series lead in the Ashes.

Chappell said Australians, who`ve traditionally always waited for the umpire`s decision, were in no position to complain about opponents who did exactly the same thing.

"I don`t like to be called a cheat and basically he (Lehmann) is calling all people who don`t walk a cheat, which would include himself," Chappell told BBC Radio Five today.

"`Cheat` is not a word you should use very light-heartedly, and even if you are being light-hearted that`s a word you should steer away from," added Chappell, captain of the successful Australian side of the early to mid 1970s.

"And even when you`ve got your tongue in your cheek it`s pretty hypocritical for an Australian to complain about somebody not walking."

After Broad defended his actions earlier this week, an unimpressed Lehmann told Australia 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 said.

"From my point of view I just hope the Australian public give it to him right from the word go for the whole summer (during the return series in Australia starting in November) 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."

England did not initiate any disciplinary proceedings but International Cricket Council chief executive David Richardson laid a charge himself and Lehmann pleaded guilty to "publicly criticising and making inappropriate comments" about Broad, having transgressed the ICC`s code of conduct.

He accepted match referee Roshan Mahanama`s punishment of a 20 percent fine -- a figure in the region of £ 2000.

Former South Africa wicketkeeper Richardson, in an ICC statement issued Thursday, said: "Whilst noting the context and nature of the comments made, showing mutual respect for one`s fellow professionals -- including for coaches, players and match officials -- is a cornerstone of how we play the game."

AFP

First Published: Friday, August 23, 2013, 21:02


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