ICC assessing Lehmann interview
The International Cricket Council are looking at the controversial comments made by Australia coach Darren Lehmann about Stuart Broad.
Lehmann gave a colourful radio interview on the eve of the fifth Investec Ashes Test during which he described Broad's refusal to walk after an edge in the series opener at Trent Bridge as "blatant cheating".
Lehmann also called on the Australian public to "get stuck into him" when England tour this winter, adding that he hoped the seamer "cries and goes home".
Precisely how serious Lehmann was being is a matter for conjecture, but the inflammatory nature of his words means the ICC is looking into the interview before deciding whether to lay a disciplinary charge.
England are not thought to be overly exercised by the incident, but the ICC's chief executive Dave Richardson has the ability to instigate action personally within a five-day period - a window that shuts on Monday.
Lehmann's comments could contravene article 2 of the ICC's code of conduct for players and support staff.
A level one offence is described in the code as "public criticism of, or inappropriate comment in relation to an incident occurring in an international match or any player, player support personnel, match official or team participating in an international match, irrespective of when such criticism or inappropriate comment is made."
A level two offence uses the same terms but relates to "serious public criticism".
The first type of offence is punishable by a warning or reprimand as well as a fine of 50 per cent of an applicable match fee, while a level two offence can be met with a 100 per cent match fine and, in the worst case scenario, two suspension points.
Two points would mean Lehmann missing two one-day internationals or one Test match, a hefty and rare punishment.
Broad's new ball partner James Anderson yesterday appeared unmoved by the issue.
Asked about Lehmann's comments, Anderson said: "It is nothing to do with us, we're not really interested in anything like that.
"Stuart Broad doesn't need any extra firing up."