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AUS v IND: SCG Test stopped after Indian player calls out racist fans

The third Test between Australia and India at the SCG was stopped for several minutes on Sunday when a player reported crowd abuse to his captain.

Indian bowler Mohammed Siraj was fielding on the boundary when he was abused by a group of men in the crowd just before 3pm.

Siraj told his skipper Ajinkya Rahane who stopped the game and informed the umpires of the abuse.

The umpires then liaised with stadium security and police soon arrived to remove the group of men from the ground, with their departure applauded by other fans.

It came just one day after India’s players were allegedly subjected to racial abuse from a section of the crowd on Saturday.

“That should never be tolerated. (Siraj) is quite rightly upset,” Channel 7 commentator James Brayshaw said.

“Rahane is very proactive as captain which is great to see. No doubt they chatted last night after a couple of alleged incidents.”

Indian bowler Mohammed Siraj was fielding on the boundary when he was abused by a group of men in the crowd just before 3pm. Credit: Getty

Former Australian player Damien Fleming added: “we never want to see that again”.

Rahane and other senior players spoke to the umpires at the end of play on Saturday after quicks Jasprit Bumrah and Siraj complained of hearing racist slurs while fielding near the boundary rope.

“We’ve come to know about the issue,” BCCI vice-president Rajeev Shukla told Indian news agency ANI.

“Cricket is a gentleman’s game and these kinds of things are not allowed or accepted.”

The latest incident came as CA vowed to come down hard on any supporters who vilify and/or harass players.

“Cricket Australia condemns in the strongest terms possible all discriminatory behaviour,” Cricket Australia’s head of integrity and security Sean Carroll said.

“If you engage in racist abuse, you are not welcome in Australian cricket.

“CA is awaiting the outcome of the International Cricket Council’s investigation into the matter reported at the SCG on Saturday.

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