Ashes 2013: Darren Lehmann's attack on Stuart Broad a waste of time, says James Anderson

Bowler accused of being a 'blatant cheat' by Australia coach

The Kia Oval

Jimmy Anderson told the Australia coach, Darren Lehmann, that he was wasting his time trying to unsettle strike partner Stuart Broad before the Ashes return this winter. Lehmann's appeal to the Australian public to barrack Broad, whom he labelled a cheat on the eve of the final Test, dominated the build-up, prompting the ex-England captain Nasser Hussain to raise the alarm.

"I hope the Australian public give it to him right from the word go for the whole summer," Lehmann said. "And I hope he cries and goes home. I don't advocate walking, but when you hit it to first slip it's pretty hard. From my point of view it's poor. The way he's carried on and the way he's commented in public about it is ridiculous."

Hussain felt the comments inflammatory and potentially dangerous. "Broad will have to be careful because, after these words, there might be some Aussie out there that, after having a few beers on an evening, wants to have a little go at Broad, especially after the Warner incident at a bar in Birming-ham. The management of Broad away from the cricket will have to be very, very careful."

Anderson was less concerned. "We are not interested in what he says. We are playing Australia in an Ashes series. We don't need any extra motivation," Anderson said. "Stuart doesn't need firing up. He is a world-class bowler. He has showed that in this series. He doesn't need winding up."

Australia's hero at the crease, Shane Watson, claimed to be ignorant of Lehmann's outburst and perhaps failed to grasp the perversity of the message when he welcomed any diversion that might make life easier for the home team. "In the Ashes series last time days four and five were like playing in England with the Barmy Army floating around, so anything that deflects from that I'm happy with."

Anderson admitted England had more pressing concerns reflating the battered self-esteem of Lancashire team-mate Simon Kerrigan, who conceded 53 runs in just eight overs on his Test debut. "The guys in the dressing room have got a job to do to rally round him, to try to keep his spirits high," Anderson said. "He's had one bad day. He's a quality bowler. He has been fantastic for Lancashire over the past few seasons and that is why he has been picked. The other players know what he can do so, hopefully, he can come back stronger."

After thrashing Kerrigan in a fixture against the England Lions, Watson was delighted to see him. "When I knew that he was going to play I certainly had a game plan," Watson said diplomatically. "You could sense he was very nervous, especially those first couple of overs. It is nerve-racking when people get after you when you are trying to find your feet in international cricket. He was under pressure. You are on your own. You have to try to find a way to get through situations like that.

"I was expecting Chris Tremlett to play. He bowled beautifully in Melbourne and Sydney, but they have their reasons for picking those guys. I was certainly happier not having to face a guy 6ft 8in with the ball bouncing up at my splice all the time."

 

Get Adobe Flash player

 



Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Greece says 'No': A night of huge celebrations in Athens as voters decisively back Tsipras and his anti-austerity stance in historic referendum

Greece referendum

Greeks say 'No' to austerity and plunge Europe into crisis
Ten years after the 7/7 terror attacks, is Britain an altered state?

7/7 bombings anniversary

Ten years after the terror attacks, is Britain an altered state?
Beautiful evening dresses are some of the loveliest Donatella has created

Versace haute couture review

Beautiful evening dresses are some of the loveliest Donatella has ever created
No hope and no jobs, so Gaza's young risk their lives, climb the fence and run for it

No hope and no jobs in Gaza

So the young risk their lives and run for it
Fashion apps: Retailers roll together shopping and social networking for mobile customers

Fashion apps

Retailers roll together shopping and social networking for mobile customers
The Greek referendum exposes a gaping hole at the heart of the European Union – its distinct lack of any genuine popular legitimacy

Gaping hole at the heart of the European Union

Treatment of Greece has shown up a lack of genuine legitimacy
Number of young homeless in Britain 'more than three times the official figures'

'Everything changed when I went to the hostel'

Number of young homeless people in Britain is 'more than three times the official figures'
Compton Cricket Club

Compton Cricket Club

Portraits of LA cricketers from notorious suburb to be displayed in London
London now the global money-laundering centre for the drug trade, says crime expert

Wlecome to London, drug money-laundering centre for the world

'Mexico is its heart and London is its head'
The Buddhist temple minutes from Centre Court that helps a winner keep on winning

The Buddhist temple minutes from Centre Court

It helps a winner keep on winning
Is this the future of flying: battery-powered planes made of plastic, and without flight decks?

Is this the future of flying?

Battery-powered planes made of plastic, and without flight decks
Isis are barbarians – but the Caliphate is a dream at the heart of all Muslim traditions

Isis are barbarians

but the Caliphate is an ancient Muslim ideal
The Brink's-Mat curse strikes again: three tons of stolen gold that brought only grief

Curse of Brink's Mat strikes again

Death of John 'Goldfinger' Palmer the latest killing related to 1983 heist
Greece debt crisis: 'The ministers talk to us about miracles' – why Greeks are cynical ahead of the bailout referendum

'The ministers talk to us about miracles'

Why Greeks are cynical ahead of the bailout referendum
Call of the wild: How science is learning to decode the way animals communicate

Call of the wild

How science is learning to decode the way animals communicate