Lehmann urges Australians to give Broad, English hell

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    Australian coach Darren Lehmann has had enough.

    Not of losing (although I’m sure he feels he’s already had enough of that) and not of media attention on his players (although again, there’s been more than enough of that as well in since he took over the side in the lead-up to the First Test).

    No, Lehmann has had enough of Australians fans being too nice towards their bitter rivals, and has urged Australians to give England hell as they approach our shores next summer. And in his mind, the vast majority of that attention should focus around Stuart Broa d—the man at the heart of the “walking” scandal at Trent Bridge.

    “From my point of view, I just hope the Australian public give it to him right from the word go for the whole summer and I hope he cries and goes hope,” Lehmann said via Triple M.

    “I just hope everyone gets stuck into him because the way he’s carried on and the way he’s commented in public about it is ridiculous.”

    “I hope the public actually gets stuck into him.”

    For most of Australia, the notion of making Broad’s life in Australia a living nightmare doesn’t seem all that difficult. After watching him single-handedly cost us the First Test and completely swing the momentum of the Ashes back to the home team (which as we’d soon see was pivotal in their retaining of the urn), picturing Broad as public enemy number one this summer really shouldn’t be that difficult.

    However, there’s an underlying aspect of such a task that is far more difficult than just bagging Broad from the boundary line to the broadcasting box.

    To get under the skin of the English, we’ve got to stand by the Aussies.

    Now I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking — Dan, of course I support the Aussies. They’ve my team. They’re my country.

    Then if that’s the case, we need to start acting like it.

    Supporting the Aussies means more than just cheering them when we’re playing well. Supporting them — to the extent that Lehmann indirectly desires — means standing by them when they’re struggling. It means not allowing the Poms a single sniff of disunity or disapproval towards the 11 men on our screens.

    England shouldn’t be able to pick up the front page of the Sydney Morning Herald or The Age or the Brisbane Times after the First Test and read that the Australian team is unravelling and fragile once more.

    Regardless of what the outcome of the match might be; supporting our team and our country means not getting stuck into our own players like we would our opposition .

    We can’t heckle Broad, and Warner. It simply won’t work, and it won’t get under the skin of the English like Lehmann hopes that it will.

    To borrow an analogy from Queensland’s eight-year dominance in State of Origin, Caxton Street wouldn’t be such a difficult road for the Blues to travel down if every time Queensland lost a match, their own supporters turned on the team.

    NSW wouldn’t have lost every series for the past eight years if playing in Queensland wasn’t such a difficult ask due to the environment that was created for them.

    And while I’m not for a moment suggesting that one state’s fans are “greater” or “better” than the other, what I am saying is that that is the environment we need to set for the English when they come this summer.

    Make them uncomfortable; make them think they can’t divide us. And then watch those 11 men out on the field do the rest.

    Maybe it will work, and England won’t feel at all at home (which is somewhat ironic in light of the Commonwealth). But it will only work if we follow our attempts to “give the English hell” with a similar criticism and disapproval spell.

    That doesn’t mean that we can’t point our shortcomings and try to address our failures. It doesn’t mean for a minute that we can’t put players under increased pressure when their performances aren’t up to scratch.

    But what it does mean is that, at the end of the day, we back our players to the hilt. Both you—the reader—and I—the media—need to start there and figure out how to curb our criticism in order to best create a nightmare summer for England. And once we do, then we’ve got to go all guns blazing.

    Stuart Broad shouldn’t be able to walk into a bar this summer without copping it from every direction. Though, then again, it’s not like he’d walk anyway.

    94 days, England. We’re waiting…

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    • August 21st 2013 @ 2:06pm
      Red Kev said | August 21st 2013 @ 2:06pm | ! Report

      Sorry Boof but I’ll be reserving any abuse I hurl for that rat Sutherland and the utterly inept Inverarity if he dares show his face. Any I have left over will be going squarely at Watson the pretender. Broad is low on the list of people who need to cop it.

      • August 21st 2013 @ 4:45pm
        Disco said | August 21st 2013 @ 4:45pm | ! Report

        Clarke’s done the blatant-not-walking thing on at least three occasions since the last Ashes series; don’t suppose Saviour Boof is bothered by that.

    • August 21st 2013 @ 2:24pm
      swerve said | August 21st 2013 @ 2:24pm | ! Report

      haha funny article. The England side will just love that. I suggest the first test is in Perth for Australia to stand any chance. Bring it on sledgers, bring it on.

    • August 21st 2013 @ 2:25pm
      Nick Inatey said | August 21st 2013 @ 2:25pm | ! Report

      Classic Lehmann,

      When in the most despair…start attacking the other team’s players.

      That’s some good ol’ fashioned Australian cricket sportsmanship there.

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        August 21st 2013 @ 3:35pm
        Will Sinclair said | August 21st 2013 @ 3:35pm | ! Report

        Nick – to be fair on Boof, I actually heard the interview and it was all very light-hearted and tongue in cheek.

        But, having said that, I’ll be happy to boo and abuse Broad at every opportunity. The bloke is a massive bell end.

        • August 22nd 2013 @ 6:42pm
          Sandy said | August 22nd 2013 @ 6:42pm | ! Report

          The apple didn’t fall far from the tree, his father is also a bell end.

          • August 22nd 2013 @ 6:48pm
            JimmyB said | August 22nd 2013 @ 6:48pm | ! Report

            Who…lehmanns?

            • August 22nd 2013 @ 9:00pm
              Sandy said | August 22nd 2013 @ 9:00pm | ! Report

              Read Will’s post slowly JB…who is he calling a bell end? The “is also” in my response will answer your question.

              • August 22nd 2013 @ 9:12pm
                JimmyB said | August 22nd 2013 @ 9:12pm | ! Report

                Read my post very slowly Sandy..it’s a joke. Geez.

      • August 21st 2013 @ 4:45pm
        Disco said | August 21st 2013 @ 4:45pm | ! Report

        +1 More sour grapes.

        • August 21st 2013 @ 9:33pm
          Felix said | August 21st 2013 @ 9:33pm | ! Report

          …really? As opposed to the English who have an entire touring party entitled the Barmy Army who generally have a song about every single player in the Australian team.

          • Roar Guru

            August 21st 2013 @ 10:43pm
            Steven McBain said | August 21st 2013 @ 10:43pm | ! Report

            I don’t think the barmy army pick the England team or are employed by the ECB. You think the guy in charge of Australian cricket should use the Barmy Army as a lead or excuse for his conduct?

            Clarke has been impeccable in his off field behaviour, are you also suggesting Lehmann shouts ‘look at the scoreboard’ from the balcony if Oz are ahead?

            Maybe an arm wrestle in the pub the night before to see who opens the batting? Unbelievable mate.

            • August 21st 2013 @ 10:49pm
              Disco said | August 21st 2013 @ 10:49pm | ! Report

              Yep. Um, some people seem to have trouble distinguishing a coach from fans.

      • October 9th 2013 @ 10:48pm
        laura said | October 9th 2013 @ 10:48pm | ! Report

        Well said!

    • Roar Guru

      August 21st 2013 @ 2:41pm
      no show said | August 21st 2013 @ 2:41pm | ! Report

      any Aussie that gives the English team heaps will look like a sore loser.

      The coach that calls for fans to give the opposition heaps sure looks like a sore loser!

      Boof’s honeymoon is over and Mickey as laughing all the way to the bank with a payout cheque.

    • August 21st 2013 @ 2:44pm
      Tatah said | August 21st 2013 @ 2:44pm | ! Report

      I read the comments of Broad on the CA website and they really weren’t all that bad. He was speaking at a function and made the comment that he got a bit of lip when he cut that ball to first slip. I don’t understand the walking debate – I’ve seen one person walk against a decision given not out in 30 years. Why should Broad?

      I’m going to get behind the Aussies when the first nut is bowled, but jeez they don’t help themselves with some simply bizarre selections. That fifth test team is beyond belief. However, when it comes down to it dan we’ll be cheering.

    • August 21st 2013 @ 2:47pm
      onside said | August 21st 2013 @ 2:47pm | ! Report

      The chant “Hadley is a wanker” from bay thirteen still makes me cringe.

      Australian cricketers should let their bat and ball do the talking.

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