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Cricket Australia complains about Newlands crowd after verbal abuse on players

Australian players unhappy about the way they were treated by the crowd at Newlands
Australian players unhappy about the way they were treated by the crowd at Newlands

Cricket Australia have lodged an official complaint to Cricket South Africa after the Australian players raised an issue of being verbally abused by the Newlands crowd during the ongoing third Test.

The Australian players have reported that whenever they pass the boundaries or head into their dressing room, they were personally attacked by the spectators adding another trouble to already controversy-marred series.

Australian coach Darren Lehmann came out on Friday evening and described that the verbal attack from the crowd was "disgraceful".

“I think it’s been disgraceful, you are talking about abuse of players and their families, it’s not on anywhere in the world,” Lehmann told reporters after the second day’s play.

“You can have your banter, but they have gone too far here. We have written to Cricket South Africa, we will wait to see their response.”

Already a spectator was ejected from the member's area for initiating a verbal attack on David Warner, who was walking back to his dressing room after being dismissed.

Lehmann, who could not control his outburst urged the spectators to avoid personal attack on the players and unnecessarily provoke them with five of the players (from both sides combined) have already been sanctioned by the International Cricket Council for various different incidents in the series.

“They (the crowd) have got to be better than that when they come to international events, it’s just disgraceful,” Lehmann added. “Not on this level, we cannot accept it anywhere in the world, talking about players and their families.

“There have been various incidents throughout the series, but it has been particularly bad in this test.”

At stumps on day three, Australia were trailing South Africa by 66 runs with one wicket in hand.

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