Lehmann hits out at ODI sandpaper stunt

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    Former Australian coach Darren Lehmann has hit out on social media in response to fans being handed pieces of sandpaper on their way to Australia’s opening ODI loss to England at The Oval.

    Lehmann tweeted “your (sic) better than that?” to British journalist Alison Mitchell after she posted a photo of sandpaper four and six cards being handed out to the crowd.

    The pieces of “Australian ball-tampering grade sandpaper” were part of an advertising stunt and it’s understood 5000 sandpaper cards were confiscated in the ground.

    It was an unsubtle reference to Australia’s sandpaper ball-tampering scandal as they played their first international match since that ill-fated South African tour which led to long bans on skipper Steve Smith, vice-captain David Warner and batsman Cameron Bancroft.

    Rookie Australian captain Tim Paine admitted before the game that his new-look team expected to cop plenty of flak from the English crowds.

    Paine and Shaun Marsh were the only two players in the starting line-up that played in the infamous Cape Town Test, and the skipper indicated there hadn’t been much ribbing from the sell-out crowd aimed at his players.

    “I’m pretty lucky being in the middle I can’t hear anything,” Paine said.

    “I haven’t spoken to the (other guys) but there wasn’t any talk of copping too much stick out there which is nice.

    “Maybe if we win a few games they might.”

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    The Crowd Says (8)

    • June 14th 2018 @ 1:54pm
      JayG said | June 14th 2018 @ 1:54pm | ! Report

      I don’t know if we can be so sensitive. This is almost the least taunting from the crowd that we can expect !

      Reacting to these “insults” will only encourage the English crowds – we better just learn to suck it up

    • June 14th 2018 @ 3:03pm
      Lara said | June 14th 2018 @ 3:03pm | ! Report

      Best to check with Langer if this is acceptable banter.

    • Roar Guru

      June 14th 2018 @ 8:09pm
      Rellum said | June 14th 2018 @ 8:09pm | ! Report

      What is going on with Boof? If that happened here we would be saying it gave us a good chuckle. When did he become so sensitive. Maybe that is part of the problem with the national teams culture.

    • June 14th 2018 @ 8:34pm
      Dizzy Tangles said | June 14th 2018 @ 8:34pm | ! Report

      Is this the same Boof who instructed the Australian public to make sure they sledge Broad when he toured down under?

      What a hypocrite.

    • Columnist

      June 15th 2018 @ 12:27am
      Ronan O'Connell said | June 15th 2018 @ 12:27am | ! Report

      Embarrassing stuff from Lehmann. Just comical.

      • June 15th 2018 @ 5:50pm
        Just Nuisance said | June 15th 2018 @ 5:50pm | ! Report

        Yes Ronan I agree . For heaven sakes lighten up . This only attracts publicity to a bit of harmless taunting . I had no idea about this until Lehman spoke up . Now we are even reading about it on the Roar.

      • June 17th 2018 @ 1:56pm
        George said | June 17th 2018 @ 1:56pm | ! Report

        Indeed. He is cringeworthy.

    • June 16th 2018 @ 5:58am
      Rats said | June 16th 2018 @ 5:58am | ! Report

      Same guys who encouraged fans to make Broad cry and leave the country.. Now acting like a cry baby…
      Glad to see Aussie public rejecting his views..

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