IND vs ENG: Stuart Broad Told To "Shut Up" By Umpire Richard Kettleborough After England Pacer's Objections Over Short Balls
IND vs ENG: Stuart Broad Told To "Shut Up" By Umpire Richard Kettleborough After England Pacer's Objections Over Short Balls

During the postponed fifth Test against India, umpire Richard Kettleborough urged England bowler Stuart Broad to “get on with the batting and shut up.”

In England’s first innings, Broad batted for just five balls, but those five balls were quite memorable as he faced a few bouncers and tried to slog several boundaries. Broad was also seen arguing with the umpire after he was hit by a vicious short ball from Jasprit Bumrah. 

Stuart Broad
Stuart Broad Image Source: Twitter

Richard Kettleborough Puts An End To Stuart Broad’s Objections

Kettleborough, whose remarks were caught up by the stump mic, swiftly put an end to Broad’s objections. “Let us do the umpiring – you do the batting, alright?” Kettleborough said. 

“Otherwise you’re going to get into trouble again. One for the over. Broady! Broady! Get on with the batting and shut up.” 

Stuart Broad and Umpire Richard Kettleborough (Image Credits: Twitter)
Stuart Broad and Umpire Richard Kettleborough (Image Credits: Twitter)

Mark Ramprakash, a former England batting coach, called Kettleborough “brave” in jest before pointing out that he gets along well with Broad. “I think that’s some blunt, honest feedback from Richard Kettleborough there, some good advice,” he told the BBC.  

“Although, Stuart Broad is a big fella [at] 6ft 5in. I think Richard Kettleborough is a very brave guy. 

“I don’t think umpires should try that in club cricket around the UK. They’ve got a very good relationship and that’s why he can talk like that.” 

Stuart Broad’s Recents Troubles

It follows Broad’s conviction for violating the ICC Code of Conduct earlier this month during the third Test match against New Zealand. Broad received a formal warning for throwing the ball towards Daryl Mitchell “in an unsuitable and/or hazardous way” on that particular occasion. 

It’s possible that Kettleborough was alluding to the England seamer’s very recent collection of demerit points for his on-field conduct when he warned Broad about perhaps getting into trouble “again.”

Stuart Broad and Umpire Richard Kettleborough (Image Credits: Twitter)
Stuart Broad and Umpire Richard Kettleborough (Image Credits: Twitter)

After firing Yasir Shah in 2020, Broad was given two demerit points: one for “directing an abusive comment at him” and the other for “approaching Faf du Plessis and uttering a disrespectful word that was heard on the stump mic.” 

A player’s total number of demerit points only includes those awarded to him or her in the previous 24 months. As a result, Broad’s level one offence against South Africa is no longer shown on his current record. 

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