Another crowd complaint from Team India, fans asked to leave SCG

Flashpoint Siraj gestures towards the stands at the Sydney Cricket Ground as Australia captain Tim Paine looks

When play was stalled for a while on the fourth day of the third Test between India and Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground after Mohammed Siraj complained of racial abuse, Paine walked to the Indian team huddle and offered support.

Earlier on Saturday, the Indian team had lodged an official complaint after bowlers Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj complained of hearing racist slurs while fielding near the boundary ropes.

The alleged racist abuse of Indian players by fans at the third Test in Sydney is just the latest in a litany of similar incidents to mar sport in Australia, with authorities struggling to stamp out the problem.

The International Cricket Council on Sunday condemned the alleged incidents of racism and asked Cricket Australia for an action taken report.

Watch Australia v India Test Series Live & Ad-Break Free During Play with the Fox Cricket commentary team. The crowd did not stop on day four of the ongoing Pink Test as Siraj along with India skipper Ajinkya Rahane had a word with umpire Paul Reiffel regarding the unruly behaviour of the crowd. In that time, a group of four men, as well as two others were escorted from the ground before play resumed.

"Since he is coming to Test cricket it looks like he is nearly born to play".

But he also knows it's not just up to them, the wider community also has to do their bit to stamp it out.

"Racial abuse is absolutely unacceptable". It's very sad to see this happen on the field. "I mean, I have hated it as a player, I have hated it as a coach, we have seen in different parts of the world, it is really sad to see this happen in Australia", he said, disappointed that racial abuse has overshadowed the engaging cricket that has been played in the match.

"Everybody should take responsibility for it, but us being people in the public eye I guess have got a responsibility to lead from the front in that space". We have seen a lot and evolved as a society. "I don't know why or for what reason", he added and called for an iron fisted response to such diatribes. "The allegations made by the Indian team would be investigated to their fullest extent".

"When I stood at the boundary line you wanted to stand another 10 yards in to keep yourself away from these things".

Cricket Australia released a statement on Sunday afternoon, reaffirming its zero-tolerance policy towards discriminatory behaviour in all forms. The CA is awaiting the outcome of the International Cricket Council's investigation on the complaint made on the Sydney Cricket Ground on Saturday.

Australia coach Justin Langer joined the condemnation. "I was interviewed before the summer started (and was asked) what would be the ideal outcome and I mentioned that this series, with everything that's happening around the world, would be played with great sportsmanship and with that great spirit that I'm talking about". @BCCI and Cricket Australia stand together.



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