Australia vs India: After BCCI lodged a complaint against racial abuse in the third day of the Sydney Test. The fourth day witnessed the same when some of the spectators abused Indian young pacer Mohammad Siraj.
The cricketing world erupted as the iconic Sydney Cricket Ground witnessed such an ugly act not once but twice in the span of two days. Australian skipper who was batting at the time of incident joined the Indian huddle who complained of the racial abuse to the on-field umpires.
The play of the 4th day came to the rest for a couple of minutes after Indian young cricketer Mohammad Siraj took the matter to the on-field umpires which resulted in the expulsion of the section of the crowd.
It was a class act from Paine: Justin Langer
“Tim Paine was there at the spot. It was good to see him supporting the right thing. He has shown a class act as we all know. Test Cricket is always going to be hard but the feelings between the teams must be good, and we hope that further continues,” Justin Langer said in the statement.
The former Australian batsman showed his utter disappointment after the incident took place in the fourth day of the Sydney Test.
“We all have been witnessing good cricket throughout the limited over cricket and we have seen it through this test series also.
“I previously also mentioned that the whole series will be played with full dignity and maintaining the spirit of cricket and that is what we have seen till now.”
We spoke to Tim during the tea. As the host of the series we never want our visitors to witness such abuse and behaviour from our countrymen. We never wanted our visitors been treated so poorly.
“We were touring England last time and some of our cricketers have seen that before, it does not feel good at all.”
“I was not there, I don’t really know what was the conversation between Paine and the Indians. I think he probably went there to support the Indians and to condone that poor behaviour,” Langer added.
After the incident, the security personnel asked the group of the crowd to leave the ground and the play was continued after that.