India lodge official complaint over alleged racial abuse from SCG crowd

Ajinkya Rahane reported the misdeed to the on-field umpires at Day 3 stumps after a crowd member at the Randwick End allegedly abused Siraj when he was fielding at fine leg.

India have formally lodged a complaint with the match officials of the ongoing third Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground after fast bowler Mohammed Siraj was allegedly abused with racial jibes on the third day of action.

According to The Daily Telegraph, the scenes at the famed SCG turned sour at the end of play on Saturday with Indian officials accusing members of the crowd of racially abusing both Siraj and Jasprit Bumrah.

India skipper Ajinkya Rahane reported the misdeed to the on-field umpires at Day 3 stumps after it was understood that a crowd member at the Randwick End had abused Siraj when he was fielding at fine leg.

On the other hand, Bumrah was allegedly abused by the crowd when he was standing in the outfield. The star pacer also spoke to security officials before leaving the ground for the day.

Back in 2008, the infamous racism row of “Monkeygate” had rocked an India-Australia series in Sydney. Andrew Symonds had accused Harbhajan Singh of racially abusing him and calling him a monkey. After a courtroom battle, Harbhajan was handed a three-Test ban but he was eventually cleared of the charge.

On the pitch, Australia assumed command of the Sydney Test by ending the third day on 103/2 with a lead of 197 runs. After bundling India for 244, the hosts rode the 68-run unbeaten partnership of Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne in the third session.

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