While Cricket Australia chief slammed hard on abuse of Australian cricketers’ wives and partners in the field by South African fans, former Proteas greats phrased Aussies as ‘whingers’ and remarked to ‘clean up own country first.’
“Would you people like some tissues maybe,” Herschelle Gibbs mocked.
Former Proteas captain Graeme Smith said he did not “condone any of it, but blimey I have never seen an Aussie team whinge and whine like this”.
On Friday, Australian coach Darren Lehmann branded the incident as ‘disgraceful’; meanwhile former Proteas wicket keeper Mark Boucher tweeted answering him.
“Correct Darren! Fully agree,” Boucher said; “But … start cleaning up your own country first! The personal, racial abuse I’ve witnessed in Aus was ridiculous. U guys don’t live in a glass house! Why the fuss all of a sudden? Seems fine when the shoe is on the other foot.”
“Wake up to Australians moaning about abuse toward their players…pfffff…. pot, kettle… now sit back and watch Aussies abuse me for this tweet,” Boucher ridiculed.
CA chief executive James Sutherland earlier said, “We are extremely disappointed that a small number of fans have directed such offensive and inappropriate behavior towards our players and members of their families.”
“Our chairman, David Peever, who is in Cape Town, has taken the matter up directly with relevant CSA officials, including president Chris Nenzani. We acknowledge that CSA is taking steps to ensure incidents like those yesterday are not repeated and we have encouraged the strongest possible action in response to such behavior,” he added.