The Australian cricketers were aware of the fact that the England fans would make their life difficult once they arrive in the country.
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The ball-tampering saga had shaken Australian cricket quite a bit. Facing this criticism amidst their first tour since the incident is quite difficult. Neither of the players who were present in the ground during the 1st ODI against England was part of the infamous plan which was hatched by the Australian leadership group during the Cape Town Test. The match was played against South Africa a few months ago.
In response to mocking the cricketers, the England fans carried pieces of sandpapers on their hand on the way to the 1st ODI at the Kennington Oval in London.
They distributed it in the ground which had “4” and “6” written on it to celebrate any boundaries struck by England batters. Former Australian coach, Darren Lehmann lashed on social media for the mocking by the England fans.
In response to the British journalist, Alison Mitchell, Lehmann tweeted,
“you’re (sic) better than that?”
It was after she shared a photo of sandpaper four and six cards being handed out to the members of the crowd.
It was an advertising stunt. As per reports, around 5,000 sandpapers got disseized from the ground.
— Darren Lehmann (@darren_lehmann) June 13, 2018
Jones questions the English squad
Meanwhile, another former Australian batsman also lashed out at the activities carried out by the English fans.
He questioned whether the Australian fans did the same when former English skipper, Michael Atherton was found guilty due to the same reason back in 1994.
“Did any of the same retailers respond in the same way in 1994 when Athers was done for the same charge? That would be a no wouldn’t it… piff.”
Jones was replying to a post shared by Peter Lalor. He shared a picture which shamed the act of the Australian team.
“It is going to be tough for Australia when side plays at The Oval today. They’re going to cop it, which is only to be expected,” he had written.
Did any of the same retailers responded in the same way in 1994 when Athers was done for the same charge? That would be a no wouldn’t it… piff 🤐💁🏼♂️ https://t.co/xkyL04VAnf
— Dean Jones AM (@ProfDeano) June 13, 2018