Andy Flower backs Stuart Broad on refusing to walk during 1st Ashes Test

Australia appeal for Stuart Broad’s dismissal in the first Ashes Test at Trent Bridge © Getty Images

London: Jul 16, 2013
 
England coach Andy Flower believes it would be wrong to criticise Stuart Broad for not walking off the field after being caught at slip off Australian spinner Ashton Agar’s delivery during the first Ashes Test at Trent Bridge. Broad was given not out by umpire Aleem Dar.
 
“Do you think all players should walk?” Flower was quoted as saying by Sydney Morning Herald.
 
He furthermore added, “When I played cricket I didn’t walk when I’d edged it so I’d be a hypocrite to say that all other players should walk.”
 
Earlier on day three of the first Test at Trent Bridge, Australia appealed for the catch but leading Pakistani umpire Dar ruled in the batsman’s favour as Broad stood his ground.

The tourists couldn’t believe the verdict but ultimately, as they’d already used up both their two permitted reviews in the innings, they had to accept it.

Australia coach Darren Lehmann‘s anger on the dressing room balcony was clearly visible after television replays showed Broad had got a thick edge, although it’s possible Dar’s view was obscured by Brad Haddin‘s gloves.
 
“Most players leave it to the umpires to make the decision and I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that,” Flower concluded.