5 England players hated by the Australians
- Let's understand why certain English players became thorns in Australia's flesh and were blatantly hated.
Sports is of utmost importance in the cultures of both England and Australia. On the international level, Australia versus England is the ultimate sporting rivalry that draws in full houses.
Due to the history of sporadic sporting fierceness, players of both sides feel the pressure, both on and off the field.
The most famous sports rivalry between the two countries is the Ashes Test Cricket Series, that is hosted alternately by England and Australia.
When the upcoming Ashes series gets underway on 23rd November at the Gabba, it will be the 70th time when England and Australia lock horns for the iconic urn.
Now let's quickly glance into the past to understand why certain English players became thorns in Australia's flesh and were blatantly hated for their antics on an off the field.
England’s second-most prolific Test wicket-taker behind James Anderson was subjected to criticism when he refused to walk off after edging Ashton Agar to slip during the first Test of 2013 Ashes series at Trent Bridge.
It was a turning point in the match as after two failed attempts Australia were unable to review Aleem Dar's not-out decision.
Broad, on 37 at the time, added 28 to his score and England secured victory by only 14 runs.
The 27-year-old later clarified that the noise of the ball flicking Australia wicketkeeper Brad Haddin's gloves before going to Clarke caused confusion.
Australian coach Darren Lehmann labelled Broad a 'blatant cheat'.
It didn’t seem to bother the 109-Test veteran too much as he took 21 wickets despite a 5-0 whitewash of England during the return series played in Australia later that year.