Cricket – Ashes: Broad stands by decision

England bowler Stuart Broad

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England bowler Stuart Broad believes he was right not to walk during the opening Test of the Ashes series against Australia at Trent Bridge.

Broad faced a wall of criticism for refusing to walk when he edged Australian spin bowler Ashton Agar to slip via Brad Haddin’s gloves.

Australia were unable to review the not-out decision made by Aleem Dar after already utilising their two reviews during the second innings.

The England man would have finished on 37 if he taken it upon himself to head back to the changing room but he was able to add a further 28 to his tally and help his to victory by 14 runs in Nottingham.

The 27-year-old admits that he was not certain he had clipped the ball and therefore felt it was not up to him to make the decision.

Broad said: “It wasn’t as clear-cut as everyone had thought, although I knew I’d hit it.

“For players on the field not to have known if I nicked it proves there was confusion,” added the Nottinghamshire bowler.

“It was an odd one. There was no particular noise because of the noise of Haddin’s gloves.

“I went down to the other end and Ian Bell said, ‘what happened there? I didn’t hear anything’.

“Agar came up to me and asked if I’d nicked it because he wasn’t sure.”

England currently lead the series 3-0 as the two old rivals prepare to meet for the final match in the Test series at the Oval on Wednesday.

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