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India vs Australia: Have faced abuse from crowds in stadiums, but there should be no place for it- Nathan Lyon

The third Test match between India and Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground was marred by a case of racism as a few indivuduals in the crowd allegedly directed racial slurs at India pacer Mohammed Siraj.

On Day 4, six people from the crowd were evicted from the SCG stadium after they called Siraj a ‘brown dog’.

On Wednesday, speaking to the reporters, Australia spinner Nathan Lyon said that he has also faced abuse from spectators at the cricket stadium and said that there should be no place for it in the game.

“For me there’s no room for anything racial or any abuse in any type. I know people (the crowds) think they’re being funny, but it can affect people in different ways. I think it’s quite disgusting, to be honest with you.

“Yes, I’ve been on the other end of it, copping abuse, whether that’s in England or New Zealand or South Africa or wherever it may be, but there’s no room for it,” Lyon said.

Lyon also added that with so many security staff around in the stadium, people who abuse should be caught and removed.

“You’ve got to try as a player to do your best to try and block it out, but if the time’s right call in the match officials. We’ve got a lot of security around the grounds these days so hopefully, they can do their job, and if there’s anyone doing that they can be removed because there’s absolutely no place for it,” he added.

India have good plans to combat me, says Lyon

Lyon also admitted that this time around, India have come up with some really good plans to combat him.

“This summer has been challenging. Playing against India, again, I think they’ve come up with some really good plans to combat me.

“To be honest, I’ve been really happy with what I’ve been bowling. I’ve been able to create some chances which have been really positive. I’m very happy the way they’re coming out.

“Some days the wheel doesn’t turn around and you don’t have much luck in the middle. I’m very happy how they’re coming out of my hand, [I’m] very confident,” he said to reporters on Wednesday.

The Australian spinner has only taken 6 wickets in the 3 Tests so far.

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