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Ashes: Darren Lehmann wrong to encourage Stuart Broad abuse, says Nasser Hussain
Darren Lehmann's ill-advised Stuart Broad quotes won't distract England's players, says Nasser Hussain.
Last Updated: 21/08/13 2:03pm
The tourists' coach accused the England quick of 'blatant cheating' and says he hopes the Australia fans 'get stuck into him' during this winter's Ashes clash Down Under after the Nottinghamshire player's controversial decision not to walk after edging the ball to slip in the first Test at Trent Bridge.
He told Triple M, an Australian radio station: "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."
Former England captain Hussain criticised Lehmann for making the comments on the eve of the fifth Ashes Test, but is convinced the headline-grabbing quotes won't distract the England players from their ambition of wrapping up an unprecedented 4-0 series win over their rivals at the Kia Oval this week.
"Darren lives in Adelaide, he played a lot of cricket in Adelaide and he knows the radio station well and was just having a little bit of fun - but there's a huge, serious side to it and it will be the big story here today," Hussain told Sky Sports News ahead of play.
"I'm not sure you should be asking the crowd to have a go at a player. They'd have a go anyway - after what's happened this summer Broad is going to kop a lot of stick in Australia.
"The England players will probably know about it and it will be a bit of fun this morning, with someone like Graeme Swann saying to Broad 'I'm not going out with you in Adelaide!'
"But once they get to the ground they will switch on to trying to win 4-0.
"This evening in the press conference it will be the talking point as journalists are looking for stories with the Ashes done and dusted but England have a siege mentality; they'll block all this stuff out and concentrate on winning 4-0, which they've never done."
Looking ahead to the Australia tour, Hussain says the England hierarchy and captain Alastair Cook will have to be cautious in their management of Broad to mitigate the antagonism he receives from the crowd as much as possible.
However, he believes the best way for them to achieve that is to continue to deliver on the cricket pitch.
"You can't beat the Aussie crowd," he said.
"The best thing to do is to join in with them and try to get them on your side.
"Cook can help the situation by keeping Broad away from the perimeter when England are fielding but there's no hiding place. If it's not happening in the ground it will happen off it when the players go out in the evening.
"Broad will have to be careful - especially after the David Warner incident - and the management will have to be careful but these are grown men who know how to look after themselves and know how to behave like England cricketers.
"The most important thing is they let their cricket do the talking on the field."
Watch day one of the fifth and final Ashes Test between England and Australia live on Sky Sports Ashes from 10am on Wednesday, or on the Ashes Events Centre available through the Sky Sports App.