Stuart Broad has stepped up the ongoing war of words between his fellow teammate Ollie Robinson and former Australian cricketers Matthew Hayden, Ricky Ponting and Justin Langer.
Writing in his new column for Daily Mail, Broad said he was surprised with the way former Australia cricketers have attacked Ollie Robinson, following his send-off to Usman Khawaja.
“A lot more has been made of words on the field between Ollie Robinson and Usman Khawaja than ought to have been, to be honest,” wrote Broad.
“Ultimately, the ICC had no problem with Ollie’s reaction to dismissing Khawaja in the first innings and I didn’t like Matthew Hayden’s disparaging comments about him,” he said.
“Ollie averages 21 with the ball in Test cricket over a decent amount of time and bowls in a very similar way to Glenn McGrath.
“Yes, there was a bit of emotion on the field, but off it we are obviously seeing the Australian guys in the pavilion corridors all the time, eating lunch in the same room and we enjoyed a nice-natured week.
“Now a couple of expletives the other way and everyone is piling in. Where are we going with this?”
Broad called out former Australia captain Ricky Ponting and stated that he himslef was a big “sledger.”
“Ricky Ponting had a bit of a nibble because Robbo brought his name into things during a press conference, but not because Ricky was a huge sledger.
“Ollie had a bit of a mind blank, Ricky Ponting was the most famous ex-Aussie cricketer he could think of, and that Australia team he played in was hardly full of shrinking violets, so the hoo-ha that was created surprised us.
“I’m sure it’ll die down pretty quickly, though, because with the teams getting on so well it’s a little bit of an irrelevance,” he said.
The second Test of the Ashes series will start from Wednesday at Lord’s.