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Bizarre moment Stuart Broad unleashes on a 'ROBOT' mid-match during the Ashes

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Bizarre moment Ashes villain unleashes on a ‘ROBOT’ mid-match prompting laughing Aussie commentators to poke fun at him

  • English cricketer Stuart Broad was distracted by on-field camera when bowling
  • Paceman, 35, heard uttering ‘stop moving the robot’ as he charged to the crease
  • In 2013, Broad’s refusal to walk in gripping Ashes test made him an instant villain


Ashes villain Stuart Broad has provided yet another reason for Australian cricket fans to poke fun at him – this time for unleashing at a moving camera mid-match.

The veteran English fast bowler, 35, had the Fox Sports commentary team in stitches in Hobart on Saturday afternoon on day two of the fifth test against Australia after yelling at a robot dubbed ‘Foxy Rover’ to ‘stop moving.’

Broad stopped his run-up to the crease to ‘spray’ what he thought was a robot, with commentary trio Shane Warne, Adam Gilchrist and Michael Vaughan bemused by what unfolded.  

Ashes cricket villain Stuart Broad (pictured with partner Mollie Elizabeth King) has provided yet another reason for Australian fans to poke fun at him - this time for unleashing at a moving camera mid-match

Ashes cricket villain Stuart Broad (pictured with partner Mollie Elizabeth King) has provided yet another reason for Australian fans to poke fun at him – this time for unleashing at a moving camera mid-match

The 'offending' Fox Sports camera which irritated English paceman Stuart Broad on day two of the fifth Ashes test in Hobart on Saturday

The ‘offending’ Fox Sports camera which irritated English paceman Stuart Broad on day two of the fifth Ashes test in Hobart on Saturday

Leg-spin legend Warne joked the camera should ‘go to the naughty corner’ before Gilchrist correctly pointed out the ‘robot’ was in fact a camera.

Warne then questioned how the digital device would have posed as a distraction to Broad, given it was ‘100 metres away’ from where he was charging into bowl.

Vaughan went onto mock his fellow countryman, suggesting the camera was ‘unlikely’ to talk back if the quick wanted to sort out their differences.

In 2013 during an Ashes Test match at Trent Bridge, Broad shocked the cricket world after refusing to walk when he was caught by Michael Clarke off the bowling of Ash Agar.

With the match delicately poised, Australia had no reviews left, and when umpire Aleem Dar didn’t give Broad out, he stood his ground.

Replays showed he clearly hit the ball, making Broad an instant – and permanent – villain and ‘cheat’ in the eyes of millions of Australian cricket fans.

The veteran English paceman, 35, had the Fox Sports commentary team in stitches in Hobart on Saturday on day two of the fifth test against Australia after yelling at a robot dubbed 'Foxy Rover' to 'stop moving'

The veteran English paceman, 35, had the Fox Sports commentary team in stitches in Hobart on Saturday on day two of the fifth test against Australia after yelling at a robot dubbed ‘Foxy Rover’ to ‘stop moving’

Veteran English paceman Stuart Broad (pictured, with partner Mollie Elizabeth King) stopped his run-up to the crease to 'spray' what he labelled a robot, with commentary trio Shane Warne, Adam Gilchrist and Michael Vaughan bemused by what unfolded

Veteran English paceman Stuart Broad (pictured, with partner Mollie Elizabeth King) stopped his run-up to the crease to ‘spray’ what he labelled a robot, with commentary trio Shane Warne, Adam Gilchrist and Michael Vaughan bemused by what unfolded

In 2013 during an Ashes Test match at Trent Bridge, Broad (pictured, with partner Mollie Elizabeth King) shocked the cricket world after refusing to walk when he was clearly out - he then became an instant 'cheat' in the eyes of many Aussie cricket fans

In 2013 during an Ashes Test match at Trent Bridge, Broad (pictured, with partner Mollie Elizabeth King) shocked the cricket world after refusing to walk when he was clearly out – he then became an instant ‘cheat’ in the eyes of many Aussie cricket fans

Broad later told the BBC with the match in the balance, he was playing by the rules.

‘I could name you 18 or 19 players who played in an Ashes series who nicked it and didn’t walk,’ Broad said at the time.

‘We could be here all day if I named players from the past. ‘It is a really interesting debate.’

With tensions high, then Australian coach Darren Lehmann was charged and fined $3000 for breaching the International Cricket Council’s code of conduct, after accusing Broad of ‘blatant cheating’ in a radio interview.

Australia are currently 3-0 up in the Ashes series, already retaining the iconic urn for the third straight series.

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