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 on Friday.
“‘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.”
Earlier, 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.”
Meanwhile, Triple M radio station has said it will pay the fine imposed on Lehmann. “Triple M can’t let Boof (Lehmann’s nickname) take all the blame for something that happened on our