Ashes 2013 – Cricket: England unmoved by Broad controversy

Kevin Pietersen insists England squad ashes

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Kevin Pietersen insists England squad will not be affected by first Test controversies as Ashes series progresses.

A number of umpiring decisions in the first Test have been questioned, with things coming to a head on day three at Trent Bridge.

England’s Stuart Broad got an outside edge to an Ashton Agar delivery and was caught at slip by the Australia skipper Michael Clarke.

Broad decided not to walk and wait for the umpire’s decision, with Aleem Dar ruling the batsman not out and Australia were unable to question the call, having used both of their reviews.

Some people in the game have been critical of Broad’s reaction, whilst others say the England paceman is well within his rights to stand his ground.

Despite a thrilling first Test, all the talk off the pitch has been surrounding the controversial moment, with many wondering what impact it will have on the rest of the series.

But Pietersen has defended his team-mate and is adamant that the home team will forget the incident and get on with the job in hand.

The England batsman said: “We play hard, we play fair and each individual has the responsibility and makes the judgement if he will wait for the umpire’s decision.

“Aleem Dar is a fantastic umpire and he has been rated one of the best umpires in world cricket over the last few years: wait and respect his decision.”

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