Australia’s Test captain Tim Paine has urged the spectators coming to watch the India and Australia play the last series in Brisbane to respect all the players. His statement is the reaction to the Indian players Mohammed Siraj and Jasprit Bumrah being racially abused by some crowd in Sydney Cricket Ground.
On day four of the third Test, the play was halted for about 10 minutes after Siraj complained to the on-field umpire about being racially abused by some fans when he was fielding near the rope. Following this, six people from the crowd were thrown out of the stadium.
My suggestion is you leave the abuse at the gate and just respect the players: Tim Paine
In light of the Sydney racism row, Australia captain Tim Paine has urged the spectators to ‘leave the abuse at the gate’ when they enter the Gabba for the 4th Test in Brisbane.
“In terms of crowd behaviour – we don’t condone the abuse of anyone; let alone from the racial standpoint. So we want people to come along to the Gabba, enjoy the game of cricket, support Australia, support India. Support the umpires if you like. But my suggestion is you leave the abuse at the gate and just respect the players, respect the game and have a good time,” Paine said as quoted by ESPNCricinfo.
Australia has a dominant history in Brisbane. The host had last been defeated in a Test match at the Gabba 33 years ago, in 1988, while India has never won any at the venue. Tim Paine is confident that they have an advantage over visitors in the fourth match venue.
“Yeah, it [the Gabba] is right up there, no doubt about that. It’s a hard place to come and play cricket. Even for Tasmanians and Victorians to come here, it can be challenging to adjust to the different bounce and speed of the wicket. It’s something that has been to the advantage of Australian teams for a long time,” he added.
The final Test will begin on January 15.