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Justin Langer calls Tim Paine ‘class act’ after he joins India huddle over racial abuse in Sydney Test

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Image Source : GETTY Umpires Paul Reiffel and Paul Wilson, Mohammed Siraj of India and workforce mates and Tim Paine of Australia have a look at the group throughout a suspension in play following a criticism by Mohammed Siraj of India relating to spectators behind him throughout day 4 of the Third Test match within the sequence between Australia and India at Sydney Cricket Ground on January 10, 2021 in Sydney, Australia
The iconic Sydney Cricket Ground on Sunday witnessed the great, unhealthy and ugly in various levels for positive if not in equal measure.

While the cricket neighborhood exploded after Indian gamers had been subjected to racial abuse in the course of the fourth day of the third Test on the SCG, Australian skipper Tim Paine gained hearts by becoming a member of the visiting workforce’s huddle.

Play was halted for a couple of minutes after India pacer Mohammed Siraj complained of racial abuse from a piece of the group, resulting in expulsion of some spectators and an unreserved apology from Cricket Australia.

Australian coach Justin Langer known as Paine a “class act”.

“It was nice to have Tim out there when that incident happened today. He’s a class act as we know. The game of Test cricket is always going to be played tough but there’s been a really good feeling amongst both teams and let’s hope that continues,” Langer mentioned.

Paine was batting on the time.

The former Australia Test opener was disenchanted that incidents like these are threatening to tarnish a hard-fought sequence performed in the proper spirit between the 2 groups.

“We noticed it all through the white-ball sequence, each sequence. And we have seen it via this Test sequence.

“I used to be interviewed earlier than the summer time began (and was requested) what can be the proper final result and I discussed that this sequence, with every little thing that is taking place around the globe, can be performed with nice sportsmanship and with that nice spirit that I’m speaking about.

“I think we’ve seen that, haven’t we? It’s been great to watch,” Langer mentioned.

The unsavoury incident passed off a day after a drunk spectator on the SCG allegedly directed racial abuse at Jasprit Bumrah and Siraj. The BCCI had lodged a criticism with the ICC.

Speaking additional about Paine’s gesture, Langer mentioned, “We talked at tea about what was occurring. As hosts, we by no means need to see our guests being handled poorly can we? And there’s completely different ranges of that.

“We had been in England final 12 months and a few of our guys have felt it earlier than, there’s nothing nice about it.

“I’m not exactly sure what was said out there between Tim and the Indians, I think it was just a show of support that we don’t condone any of that really, really bad behaviour,” Langer mentioned.

During the second session of the fourth day, India gamers huddled within the centre after Siraj, standing on the sq. leg boundary, complained of abuse after being hit for 2 consecutive sixes by Cameron Green in his over.

This prompted the safety personnel to enter the stands and search for the mischief monger earlier than a gaggle of individuals was requested to go away the stands.

Local media reported that six folks had been expelled from the bottom by the safety in the course of the almost 10-minute halt within the on-ground proceedings even because the ICC joined the cricketers in condemning the incident.