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Australia vs India, 2020-21 – Nathan Lyon

No stranger to personally abusive heckling from spectators, Nathan Lyon believes Mohammed Siraj has set a fresh standard by calling out poor crowd behaviour during the SCG Test, and that more players will ponder following his example in future series.

Siraj has been interviewed by Cricket Australia over the multiple instances of abuse he faced during the Sydney Test, including at least one alleged cry of “brown dog” from the seats, leaving cricket authorities and police with the difficult task of identifying the spectator who delivered it.

While he made a clear distinction between racial abuse and baiting of a more general variety, Lyon said that players would now have the option of stopping play to call out their abusers in the stands, depending on how much they had been personally affected by what they heard.

“Yeah it may well do, it’s totally going to be up to that player and how they have been affected,” Lyon said ahead of his 100th Test in Brisbane this week. “I just really hope that in a whole world society that we get over it and people can come and watch us play cricket and players don’t go to work and worry about getting abused or racially abused. Cricket’s a sport for all, so it really comes down to the player and how they’ve been affected.

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