Ashes 2013: England on top amid Stuart Broad controversy

Posted on Jul 13 2013 - 2:38pm by Matt Kaludi

Ian Bell and Stuart Broad helped England build a potentially decisive lead of 261 over Australia in the first Ashes Test but the day was scarred by another major controversy.

Ashes 2013- England on top amid Stuart Broad controversy

Coming together at the fall of England’s sixth wicket with the advantage just 153, the duo put on 108 to take the hosts to 326-6 at the close, with Bell on 95 and Broad on 47.

But in a hugely contentious moment, Broad was given an astonishing reprieve when umpire Aleem Dar failed to spot a thick edge to Michael Clarke at slip off the bowling of Ashton Agar.

Australia had already used up their two reviews and despite the big screen replays showing clear contact with his bat, Broad declined to walk.

The incident, which left Clarke and his team-mates fuming and coach Darren Lehmann shaking his head in disbelief on the team balcony, came one day after England batsman Jonathan Trott was given out lbw by the third umpire despite Hot Spot technology being unavailable.

England were so perplexed by Trott’s dismissal that they raised the matter with the International Cricket Council and Australia are likely to be similarly aggrieved by Dar’s aberration and Broad’s decision not to give himself out.

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