Sportsdesk Comment: Broad set to cop some stick Down Under

Sports desk comment
Sports desk comment

One thing is for certain, Stuart Broad will need to display a good sense of humour when he jets off to Australia for the return Ashes series this winter.

Australia’s new coach and former Yorkshire legend Darren Lehmann has made sure of that with his controversial comments to the press shortly before the fifth and final Test got under way at The Oval yesterday.

England's Stuart Broad appeals unsuccessfully for an early wicket during day one of the Fifth Investec Ashes Test match at The Kia Oval, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday August 21, 2013. See PA story CRICKET England. Photo credit should read: Adam Davy/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. No commercial use. No Book sales without prior written permission. No transmission of moving images. Official sponsor logos only. Call 44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

England's Stuart Broad appeals unsuccessfully for an early wicket during day one of the Fifth Investec Ashes Test match at The Kia Oval, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday August 21, 2013. See PA story CRICKET England. Photo credit should read: Adam Davy/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. No commercial use. No Book sales without prior written permission. No transmission of moving images. Official sponsor logos only. Call 44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

Lehmann said: “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 he goes home.

‘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.”

Now, one of the most frustrating things about modern sport is the annoying trend of players and manager’s agents and club’s public relations officers stopping them conveying their opinions.

Ten or maybe 15 years ago, nobody would have really reacted to Lehmann’s comments and would have gone about their business.

Now though, it is that rare sportsmen and women are allowed to voice their thoughts that these comments seem so shocking.

Yes, Lehmann is already starting the mind games ahead of the return series in their back garden.

He knows this series is well and truly lost and he has to look towards getting a better result when England travel Down Under this winter.

Broad seems a strong enough character though, and like Aussie David Warner, will just laugh off any jeering or banter he receives from the crowd.

Getting stick off 15,000 fans at Chester-le-Street will be very different to hearing 100,000 angry Aussies at Melbourne.

Time will tell and I’m sure more mind games are set to be played out between now and the first Test at Brisbane.