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Siraj has set new standard for calling out abuse: Lyon


India fast bowler Mohammad Siraj has been lauded by Nathan Lyon, as the Australia spinner believes Siraj has set a fresh standard by calling out poor crowd behaviour and more players might follow his example in future.

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In interviews with Cricket Australia for several times in last few days, Siraj informed the instances of him being abused during the Sydney Test, including at least one time hearing the words “brown dogs” from the stands.

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Lyon, who has also faced personal abuse from spectators in the past, is of the opinion that players would now have the option of stopping play to call out their abusers in the stands.

“Yeah it may well do, it’s totally going to be up to that player and how they have been affected,” said Lyon on Wednesday (January 13).

“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.”

Meanwhile Lyon also launched defence for his fellow teammate Steve Smith following the scathing criticisms he has been at the receiving end of for the scuffing incident on the final day of the MCG Test.

“I’m really disappointed with the way that everyone has jumped on the back of him; he’s played close to 80-odd Test matches and I think he’s done that in every Test match he’s ever played,” said Lyon, who is set to play his 100th Test match in Brisbane.

The fourth and final, series-deciding Test match in Brisbane will start this Friday (January 15).


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