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Justin Langer praises Tim Paine after he joins India huddle as racism mars Sydney Test

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The iconic Sydney Cricket Ground on Sunday witnessed the great, dangerous and ugly in various levels for positive if not in equal measure.
While the cricket group exploded after Indian gamers have been subjected to racial abuse throughout the fourth day of the third Test on the SCG, Australian skipper Tim Paine gained hearts by becoming a member of the visiting group’s huddle.
Play was halted for a couple of minutes after India pacer Mohammed Siraj complained of racial abuse from a bit of the gang, 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 upset that incidents like these are threatening to tarnish a hard-fought sequence performed in the appropriate spirit between the 2 groups.
“We noticed it all through the white-ball sequence, each sequence. And we’ve seen it by way of this Test sequence.
“I used to be interviewed earlier than the summer time began (and was requested) what can be the right consequence and I discussed that this sequence, with all the things that’s taking place all over the world, 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 befell a day after a drunk spectator on the SCG allegedly directed racial abuse at Jasprit Bumrah and Siraj. The BCCI had lodged a grievance with the ICC.
Speaking additional about Paine’s gesture, Langer mentioned, “We talked at tea about what was happening. As hosts, we by no means wish to see our guests being handled poorly can we? And there’s completely different ranges of that.
“We have been in England final yr 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 bunch of individuals was requested to go away the stands.
Local media reported that six folks have been expelled from the bottom by the safety throughout the practically 10-minute halt within the on-ground proceedings even because the ICC joined the cricketers in condemning the incident.