AUS v IND 2018-19: MCG crowd receives warning over racist remarks

Spectators in MCG's famous Bay 13 were so nasty with their racial taunting of Indian players.

A general view is seen during day three of the Third Test match between Australia and India at MCG | Getty

Australian crowd can be extremely hostile as well as offensive and they have looked in their elements during the ongoing Boxing Day Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

As per a report in ESPNcricinfo, spectators in MCG's famous Bay 13 were so nasty with their racial taunting of Indian players over the first two days that they have been now warned by Cricket Australia.

Report also claims that the chants of "show us your visa" were a regular feature of the first two days, which led to a formal warning from CA to spectators. Apparently, the governing body has made it clear that if the chanting did not stop then the entire bay would be ejected from the ground.

"Victoria Police and stadium security are monitoring the behaviour of the crowd in that section of the stadium," a CA spokesperson quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo, "and have had several discussions with those fans in that bay to remind them about appropriate crowd behaviour, as per venue entry terms and conditions."

Other chants from the bay, such as "Kohli's a wanker", were the cause of complaints from other spectators but it was not considered worthy of a warning.

Booing of various players, including Australia’s very own Mitchell Marsh has been a feature of the MCG Test thus far. Marsh, who replaced native Victorian Peter Handscomb into the playing XI, was booed by the large section of the crowd present on Day 1 of the Boxing Day Test.

"I don't think it's great," Head had said in the press conference after the end of first day’s play. "Obviously we've seen it with Kohli as well but for Mitch, who worked his bum off today, I thought he bowled exceptionally well. I thought he created pressure in tough conditions and fought really hard. I don't think any Australian cricketer in Australia deserves to be booed.

"I understand the Victorian crowd, Petey obviously missing out, but I think it's pretty poor for Mitchy to cop that."

Coming to the match, India have an upper hand with a massive lead of 346 runs in their second innings. After declaring their first innings on 443/7, the visitors bundled out Australia for 151 courtesy a six-wicket haul from speedster Jasprit Bumrah.

(With inputs from ESPNcricinfo)


By Salman Anjum - 28 Dec, 2018

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