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Lehmann apologised for his comments, I accepted it: Broad

August 27, 2013 12:15 IST

Stuart Broad has said that he has accepted an apology from Darren Lehmann following the Australia coach's scathing attack on the England bowler during the Ashes series.

Lehmann, speaking in a radio interview last week, accused Broad of "blatant cheating" following the pace bowler's decision not to walk after edging a catch at Trent Bridge.

Stuart BroadBroad has told his Twitter followers: "Spoke to Darren Lehmann last (Sunday) night. He apologised for his comments, I accepted it. He said they were made in Jest for banter. Done."

Lehmann, whose team were beaten 3-0 by England over the five-Test series, also called on the Australian public to make life so difficult for Broad during the Ashes rematch in Australia later this year that he will want to cry and go home.

The comments earned Lehmann a fine of 20 percent of his match fee from the fifth and final Ashes Test at The Oval, which ended in a draw on Sunday.

Former Australia batsman Lehmann, who took over as coach at the start of the series following Mickey Arthur's acrimonious departure, confirmed Monday he'd spoken to Broad to draw a line under the incident and will look to make sure he chooses his words better in future.

"I've had a chat with him already. We just move on," Lehmann said. "It was a good learning curve for a new coach, wasn't it? You know, it was a jovial setting but you've got to learn from that. I've got to learn and improve from that.

"The players aren't on their own in trying to improve. Coaches have got to improve so that's something I've got to get better at."