Cricket - Flower comes to Broad's defence

England coach Andy Flower has given his unequivocal backing to Stuart Broad over his refusal to walk when he edged the ball to slip in the first Ashes Test at Trent Bridge.

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Stuart Broad, second left, has come in for criticism for not walking on Friday

Broad stayed put, on 37 out of his eventual 65 during a crucial second-innings stand with centurion Ian Bell, after umpire Aleem Dar gave him not out.

He edged a ball from debutant spinner Ashton Agar to slip, via the wicketkeeper's gloves - a deflection obvious to many, especially on video replay.

When Broad declined to walk there was no further recourse for Australia, who had by then used up their two permitted DRS options.

The incident was perhaps the most contentious of a string of DRS and third-umpire calls punctuating a wonderful match, which eventually ended in a home victory by just 14 runs.

Flower, whose team therefore head for the second Investec Test at Lord's on Thursday with a 1-0 lead, sees no reason to reproach Broad.

He said: "Stuart Broad, like every other batsman in international cricket, has the right to wait for the umpire to make his decision. The umpire's job is to make those decisions."

England were reportedly incensed a day before the Broad controversy over the process by which Jonathan Trott was dismissed lbw in Nottingham, via DRS, for a golden duck in their second innings.

Flower offered a conciliatory party line, but did include a caveat that correct procedure must be in place at all times.

He said: "I think that using the review system is the correct way for international cricket to go, because we get more decisions right using it. I think that's very simple and very clear."

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