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PHOTOS: Siraj stops play after racial abuse from a part of SCG crowd

Malini T
·6-min read

The play was halted for a few minutes on the fourth day of the third Test between India and Australia after the visiting players complained of abuse from the crowd at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Sunday.

Cricket Australia issues apology after Indian players allege racist abuse

Australia's Tim Paine, left, waits as Indian players talk with the umpires over an issue with the crowd during play on day four of the third cricket test between India and Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney, Australia, Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
Australia's Tim Paine, left, waits as Indian players talk with the umpires over an issue with the crowd during play on day four of the third cricket test between India and Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney, Australia, Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
Police talk to spectators as the game is stopped after a complaint by Indian players during play on day four of the third cricket test between India and Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney, Australia, Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
Police talk to spectators as the game is stopped after a complaint by Indian players during play on day four of the third cricket test between India and Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney, Australia, Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 10: Mohammed Siraj of India and team mates look at spectators following a complaint made by Siraj about the crowd in the bay behind him during day four of the Third Test match in the series between Australia and India at Sydney Cricket Ground on January 10, 2021 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 10: Mohammed Siraj of India and team mates look at spectators following a complaint made by Siraj about the crowd in the bay behind him during day four of the Third Test match in the series between Australia and India at Sydney Cricket Ground on January 10, 2021 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 10: Police talk to security regarding an onfield complaint by Mohammed Siraj of India during day four of the Third Test match in the series between Australia and India at Sydney Cricket Ground on January 10, 2021 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 10: Police talk to security regarding an onfield complaint by Mohammed Siraj of India during day four of the Third Test match in the series between Australia and India at Sydney Cricket Ground on January 10, 2021 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 10: Police speak to spectators following a complaint from Mohammed Siraj of India that stopped play during day four of the Third Test match in the series between Australia and India at Sydney Cricket Ground on January 10, 2021 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 10: Police speak to spectators following a complaint from Mohammed Siraj of India that stopped play during day four of the Third Test match in the series between Australia and India at Sydney Cricket Ground on January 10, 2021 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 10: Police speak to spectators following a complaint from Mohammed Siraj of India that stopped play during day four of the Third Test match in the series between Australia and India at Sydney Cricket Ground on January 10, 2021 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 10: Police speak to spectators following a complaint from Mohammed Siraj of India that stopped play during day four of the Third Test match in the series between Australia and India at Sydney Cricket Ground on January 10, 2021 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
India's Mohammed Siraj (C) stands along with his teammates as Australia's captain Tim Paine (L) watches as the game was halted after allegedly some remarks were made by the spectators on the fourth day of the third cricket Test match between Australia and India at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) in Sydney on January 10, 2021. (Photo by SAEED KHAN/AFP via Getty Images)
India's Mohammed Siraj (C) stands along with his teammates as Australia's captain Tim Paine (L) watches as the game was halted after allegedly some remarks were made by the spectators on the fourth day of the third cricket Test match between Australia and India at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) in Sydney on January 10, 2021. (Photo by SAEED KHAN/AFP via Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 10: Police speak to spectators following a complaint from Mohammed Siraj of India that stopped play during day four of the Third Test match in the series between Australia and India at Sydney Cricket Ground on January 10, 2021 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 10: Police speak to spectators following a complaint from Mohammed Siraj of India that stopped play during day four of the Third Test match in the series between Australia and India at Sydney Cricket Ground on January 10, 2021 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 10: Police speak to spectators following a complaint from Mohammed Siraj of India that stopped play during day four of the Third Test match in the series between Australia and India at Sydney Cricket Ground on January 10, 2021 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 10: Police speak to spectators following a complaint from Mohammed Siraj of India that stopped play during day four of the Third Test match in the series between Australia and India at Sydney Cricket Ground on January 10, 2021 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 10: Police speak to spectators following a complaint from Mohammed Siraj of India that stopped play during day four of the Third Test match in the series between Australia and India at Sydney Cricket Ground on January 10, 2021 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 10: Police speak to spectators following a complaint from Mohammed Siraj of India that stopped play during day four of the Third Test match in the series between Australia and India at Sydney Cricket Ground on January 10, 2021 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 10: Police speak to spectators following a complaint from Mohammed Siraj of India that stopped play during day four of the Third Test match in the series between Australia and India at Sydney Cricket Ground on January 10, 2021 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 10: Police speak to spectators following a complaint from Mohammed Siraj of India that stopped play during day four of the Third Test match in the series between Australia and India at Sydney Cricket Ground on January 10, 2021 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 10: Mohammed Siraj of India stops play to make a formal complaint about some spectators in the bay behind his fielding position during day four of the Third Test match in the series between Australia and India at Sydney Cricket Ground on January 10, 2021 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 10: Mohammed Siraj of India stops play to make a formal complaint about some spectators in the bay behind his fielding position during day four of the Third Test match in the series between Australia and India at Sydney Cricket Ground on January 10, 2021 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 10: Police monitor the crowd following a complaint by Mohammed Siraj of India about spectators during day four of the Third Test match in the series between Australia and India at Sydney Cricket Ground on January 10, 2021 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 10: Police monitor the crowd following a complaint by Mohammed Siraj of India about spectators during day four of the Third Test match in the series between Australia and India at Sydney Cricket Ground on January 10, 2021 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
India's captain Ajinkya Rahane (2R) and his teammate Mohammed Siraj (3R) speak to the umpire as the game was halted after allegedly some remarks were made by the spectators on the fourth day of the third cricket Test match between Australia and India at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) in Sydney on January 10, 2021. (Photo by SAEED KHAN/AFP via Getty Images)
India's captain Ajinkya Rahane (2R) and his teammate Mohammed Siraj (3R) speak to the umpire as the game was halted after allegedly some remarks were made by the spectators on the fourth day of the third cricket Test match between Australia and India at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) in Sydney on January 10, 2021. (Photo by SAEED KHAN/AFP via Getty Images)
Police, top, remove spectators from the game during play on day four of the third cricket test between India and Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney, Australia, Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
Police, top, remove spectators from the game during play on day four of the third cricket test between India and Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney, Australia, Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
Police, top, remove spectators from the game during play on day four of the third cricket test between India and Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney, Australia, Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
Police, top, remove spectators from the game during play on day four of the third cricket test between India and Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney, Australia, Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

It was a day after a drunk spectator at the SCG allegedly directed racial abuse at Indian players Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj. The BCCI has lodged a complaint with the ICC.

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During the second session of the fourth day on Sunday, Indian players huddled in the centre after Siraj, standing at the square leg boundary, complained of abuse after being hit for two consecutive sixes by Cameron Green in his over.

This prompted the security personnel to enter the stands and look for the mischief monger before a group of people was asked to leave the stands.

The umpires also intervened and were seen chatting with the players. No objects were directed at the players though.

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