Darren Lehmann Blasts English Fans over Sandpaper Taunts

Sayantan Bhattacharjee / 14 June 2018
Darren Lehmann

England beat Australia by 3 wickets in the 1st ODI

Former Australian coach, Darren Lehmann blasted the English fans for poking fun at the visiting team with sandpapers.

Fans were being handed pieces of sandpaper, as they made their way to the stadium for the 1st ODI between Australia and England.

Darren Lehmann to step down from head coach role after this series. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Lehmann tweeted,

“your (sic) better than that?” to a British journalist, Alison Mitchell after she posted a photo of sandpaper four and six cards being handed out to the spectators.

The ‘Australian ball-tampering grade sandpaper’ turned out to be a master-stroke when it comes to marketing. Most of the fans had a piece of it to annoy the Aussies.

Australia floored on and off the field

Tim Paine and his bunch of boys walked out in the park for the first time since the Cape Town controversial Test match. The visitors were bowled out for mere 214 runs and went on to lose the game by three wickets.

The former cricketer, Dean Jones wasn’t too amused either. He tweeted,

“Did any of the same retailers responded in the same way in 1994 when Athers was done for the same charge? That would be a no wouldn’t it… piff”.

Justin Langer, who replaced Lehmann for the top job, called the cricketers ‘spoiled brats’. He slammed then skipper Steven Smith for not being able to manage the situation. He also went on to say the Australian side of the past did command that kind of respect. They earned it through their hard-fought brand of cricket, unlike the recent team.

“Once upon a time, the opposition didn’t like us because we played really good, hard cricket. We were very skilful, and we won a lot of games. “It’s easy to dislike the opposition if they’re good, but there have been too many whispers in the last 12 months or so about the abuse on the field, or dare I say, the side playing like spoilt brats,” Langer said.