Jonny Bairstow scored a century on the third day of the fourth Ashes Test.© AFP
England batter Jonny Bairstow said it would have been nice if the supporters who abused him were still around after the stumps at Sydney Cricket Ground on Friday. Three men were thrown from the stadium without charge after England pair Ben Stokes and Bairstow were subjected to verbal barbs during the tea break on day three of the ongoing 4th Ashes Test against Australia. Footage obtained from a witness The Age and the Herald shows the pair being ridiculed by at least one fan for their body shape as they climbed the stairs to the dressing room in the Members Pavilion. “Stokes, you’re fat,” said one fan. “Take off your jersey, Bairstow, lose some weight, Bairstow,” the English batter was told.
Bairstow fired back with “Pal, that’s right, just turn around and walk away,” before removing three people from SCG.
On day three, Bairstow brought up England’s first century of the series, although he has work to do tomorrow, tailgating to close the 158-run deficit in the first innings. Ben Stokes scored 66 as the tourists resumed on day four on 258/7.
Asked about his previous altercation with a spectator, Bairstow replied after the day’s play: “It was a bit of bad talk. It’s not necessary. We’re trying to do our job, people there enjoy cricket. Unfortunately, sometimes people go too far.” .”
“I think it’s important to stand up for ourselves because if we don’t stand up for ourselves, you can handle it. When people cross the line, they need to be told. It would have been more fun if we had been there to When we walked out at the end didn’t we? Unfortunately they weren’t there at the end, they missed the end of a fantastic day of Test cricket,” he added.
Notably, this incident comes a year after Indian pacesetter Mohammed Siraj reported racial abuse to SCG. On that occasion, six spectators were then taken off the ground.
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