When Stuart Refused to Walk in ‘Broad’ Daylight

Stuart Broad may have reached a milestone of 500 wickets in Test cricket, but he cannot escape being the culprit in a popular cricket story. He is remembered for being the “The Man Who Refused to Walk” at Trent Bridge in 2013. The first Test of Ashes 2013 was being played at Trent Bridge where England was halted at 215 on day one. Then, Jimmy ripped the Aussies apart and decimated them to 117-9, but Ashton Agar, the debutant, crafted a magnificent 98 runs. Agar narrowly missed a chance of becoming the first man to hit a century at number 11.

Stuart Broad Refuses to Walk

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The picture above gives a glimpse of Stuart Broad who came out to bat when the score was 218-6. Broad refused to walk when he edged past Agar behind the stumps. The ball deflected off Haddin’s pad and went straight into the cupped hands of Clarke, but umpire Aleem Dar turned down the appeal. No reviews were left with the Aussies and play was continued. At the end of the third day’s play, Haddin walked past Agar who was being interviewed and murmured “Funny old world isn’t it?” before walking off. England won the match by 14 runs as Broad went on to score 65 runs.

Broad Ban

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Immediately in November, England toured Australia for a 5-match series and the scars of Trent Bridge were cut open again. The newspaper read “Broad Ban” on the first page and started targeting the Stuart Broad by playing mind games before the first Test at Gabba.

The Aussie crowd welcomed Broad with boos and chants and a witty banner showing “We know what you did last summer”. Broad was targeted with a chorus song calling him a cheat, and the next day Brisbane paper featured Stuart Broad with the title “Smug Pommie Cheat” on the front page.

The Broad Express

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But it didn’t affect Stuart Broad mentally, not even the slightest of pressure was seen on him. Stuart Broad pummeled Kangaroos with his swing attack and scalped 6 wickets.

In the post-match press conference, he said

In our medical assessments, our psychologist profiled what kind of personality we all were and there were three guys on this side who thrive on getting abuse: KP, myself and Matty Prior, So they picked the good men to go at. I’m glad my mum wasn’t in the stadium, but I was singing along at one stage, to be honest. It gets in your head and you find yourself whistling it at the end of your mark.

Back in the game, Warner, Rogers, Watson, Clarke, Johnson, and Harris were out cheaply, but Johnson supported Haddin at the other end where the latter was unfortunately run out at 94. It helped the team and then it was Johnson who unfolded the bodyline scenes again to take 9 wickets in a match and won it for Australia. Australia thrashed England 5-0 and won the series when Johnson picked 37 wickets, thanks to his bodyline tactics.

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