Nottingham: England head coach Andy Flower on Monday backed under-fire Stuart Broad for his refusal to walk when it was clear that he edged the ball to slip on day three of the first Ashes Test.
"Stuart Broad, like every other batsman in international cricket, has the right to wait for the umpire to make his decision," Flower said. "The umpire's job is to make those decisions," he added.
The incident took place during England's second innings on Friday when Broad, batting on 37 then, seemed to have edged an Ashton Agar delivery which went to Michael Clarke at first slip via wicketkeer Brad Haddin gloves. The deflection which looked obvious even with a naked eye became clearer after the TV replays confirmed it. The Australian fielder appealed but the England allrounder refused to walk. Australia could not opt for the DRS as they had already used their two chances by then. Broad went on to make 65 and was involved in a match-changing 138-run stand for the seventh wicket with Ian Bell, who slammed 109.
England were reportedly showed their displeasure a day before the Broad incident over the process by which England batsman Jonathan Trott was dismissed leg before wicket for a golden duck in their second innings off Mitchell Starc. But Flower said review system is the way forward for world cricket as more decisions get right using the technology. "I think that using the review system is the correct way for international cricket to go, because we get more decisions right using it. I think that's very simple and very clear," Flower said.