Speaking candidly about a heated incident that occurred during the Ashes series, former England fast bowler Stuart Broad called Australia’s captain Pat Cummins a “absolute disgrace.” After Jonny Bairstow’s contentious stumping at Lord’s by Alex Carey, who took advantage of Bairstow’s habitual crease-straying, Broad’s annoyance reached a boiling point. A tense time in the high-stakes cricket competition was made clear by Broad’s remarks.
Discussions about the Ashes series were rife after this incident. Even though Australia won the second Test match at Lord’s, Ben Stokes, who scored an incredible century, presented a serious threat to their victory. The former England pacer took on a hostile role on the cricket field in the thick of it all.
“As I’m walking out to bat at Lord’s and there’s boos going at the Aussies, the captain Pat Cummins is coming on to bowl so he’s walking towards me at the end of his mark, And I just looked at him and said, ‘You’re an absolute disgrace’,” Broad told the podcast Up Front.
Stuart Broad expressing contrition for his on-field behavior and Pat Cummins’ comeback
The way Cummins responded brought to mind a crucial moment in the 2013 Ashes series, when Broad decided not to walk even though it was obvious he had edged the ball to slips. The umpire called him “not out” for this move, sparking a heated discussion.
Broad recalled, “He [Cummins] said, ‘Oh yeah, you’re hardly an upkeep of the spirit of cricket’.” Their on-field interactions were spiced up by Cummins’s return, which made reference to the controversial event.
The 37-year-old, who recently retired and is currently fifth in Test wickets, expressed regret for his actions and stated that he wished he had not emphasized his bat placement within the crease following Jonny Bairstow’s dismissal. He also emphasized that he had no control over his behavior after the incident.
I had a lot of remorse for the next ten minutes since I was being quite sarcastic and yelling in every time. Although I had no actual control over what I was doing, I felt quite embarrassed about it,” he added.