The Ashes: Stuart Broad rubbishes Darren Lehmann claims - and says England could have won series 5-0
The Australia coach suggested the tourists could have won a couple of Tests
Thursday 19 September 2013
England quick Stuart Broad has told Australia coach Darren Lehmann that his side could have lost this summer's Ashes 5-0.
Lehmann has suggested in the wake of England's 3-0 victory that Australia were unlucky not to come away with at least two Test wins.
Rain spared England a final-day battle at Emirates Old Trafford and while the weather again closed in when Australia held a strong position in the final Test - they were left clinging on for a draw when bad light stopped play with England 21 runs short of victory.
"Lehmann said it could have been 3-2 to Australia, but it could have been 5-0 to us," Broad told various newspapers.
"And anyway, that's not how sport works, is it? It's a results-driven business.
"Sure, Australia had chances to win Test matches in England, but they won none. That's the bottom line."
Broad is set to be the pantomime villain for the return series this winter after Lehmann called on Australia fans to round on him after he failed to walk during the first Test at Trent Bridge.
Lehmann has subsequently apologised to Broad for the remarks made during a radio interview - which the England man accepted - but he knows to expect a tough time Down Under.
"The head coach of Australia has called for a barrage, but I am one of these characters who thrives off a bit of niggle," he said.
"It's strange, because off the field I am a shy, quiet person, I prefer to watch a bit of TV at home. But get me on the cricket field and I like it all kicking off.
"So it's something I look forward to, it will be interesting out there. I don't quite know what to expect from the crowds in Australia but I'm certainly not expecting cheers."
Broad also has a point to prove after he was forced home by injury during the second Test of the historic 3-1 series win in Australia three years ago.
"It was heartbreaking coming home early from the last Ashes," he says of the abdominal injury that ended his tour during the second Test.
"There's a lot for me to achieve over in Australia."
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