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Andy Flower, England's head coach, yesterday supported Stuart Broad for his decision not to walk after being caught at slip in England's first Test win over Australia.
Broad, on 37, went on to make 65, a difference of 28 which proved vital in a pulsating contest England won by 14 runs at Trent Bridge on Sunday.
While the players of both England and Australia appeared relaxed about the issue, Flower, above, stood up for his bowler and admitted he has made the decision not to walk regularly in the past. "When I played cricket I didn't walk if I'd edged it, so I'd be a hypocrite to say all other players should walk," he said. "Most players leave it to the umpires to make the decision and I don't think there's anything wrong with that."
Darren Lehmann, Australia's coach, said: "The DRS has improved the decision-making process. Both sides have the same issues. We've got to get better at using it."
The decision of the umpire Aleem Dar to give Broad not out was not reviewed by Australia because they had already used their two permitted referrals.
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