AUS vs IND: David Warner and Mitchell Starc shaking hands with Mohammed Siraj and Ajinkya Rahane.© AFP
Australia batsman David Warner on Tuesday apologised to Team India and Mohammad Siraj after the visiting party had to allegedly endure racial slurs from the Australian crowd during the third Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground. The Indian team on Saturday lodged an official complaint after the crowd at the SCG allegedly racially abused fast bowlers Jasprit Bumrah and Siraj on the second and third day of the Sydney Test.
“It was great to be back out on the park again this week. Was not the ideal result for us but this is what Test cricket is all about. 5 days of tough cricket and well done to our guys for working as hard as we could, congrats to India in the way they fought hard for the draw, and that’s why we love this game, it’s not easy,” Warner wrote on Instagram.
“Move onto Brisbane now for the decider and what a place the Gabba is to play at. I’d also like to say sorry to @mohammedsirajofficial and the Indian team as racism, and abuse is not in any way acceptable or tolerated anywhere at any time, and I would expect better from our home crowd,” he added.
The crowd did not stop on day four of the Sydney Test as Siraj along with Rahane had a word with umpire Paul Reiffel regarding the unruly behaviour of the crowd. Visuals on television indicated that there were some words spoken for Siraj who was fielding near the boundary rope. Both the umpires then had a word with each other and the police then asked a group of men to leave the stand.
Speaking about crowd behaviour at the SCG, Rahane on Monday said: “See, we have lodged a complaint, officials are looking into the matter now. I spoke to match referee and umpires about what had happened, whatever happened on the field was not acceptable at all, it should not happen anywhere in the world, we were really upset about it.”
The third Test of the four-match series between India and Australia ended as a draw on Monday. Ravichandran Ashwin and Hanuma Vihari batted close to 300 balls to help India walk away with a draw and head into the final Test at the Gabba, with the series level at 1-1.
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