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Mohammed Siraj abused by Gabba fans

Indian fast bowler Mohammed Siraj was today allegedly targeted by a group of fans at The Gabba, just days after NSW Police ejected six patrons from the SCG during the third Test.

Fans in Brisbane were heard shouting out at Siraj, labelling the paceman a “grub” according to a report from the Sydney Morning Herald.

Siraj, along with Washington Sundar, who was called in to replace Ravichandran Ashwin, were both targets of a number of fans in The Gabba crowd.

“The guys behind me have been calling – shouting – both Washington and Siraj grubs,” a spectator named Kate said.

“It started towards Siraj and it was a chant similar to the SCG one.”

The witness told the Sydney Morning Herald they were seated in the same section that saw one spectator escorted from standing on his seat starting an “Aussie, Aussie, Aussie” chant, while a group of patrons dressed as lifeguards had their beer snake dismantled by security guards.

It’s understood none of the Indian players reacted to any of the comments made on day one.

During the third Test at the SCG, play paused for more than 10 minutes on the stroke of tea on the fifth day when a clearly agitated Siraj spoke to captain Ajinkya Rahane and umpires Paul Wilson and Paul Reiffel about the crowd’s behaviour.

The behaviour was labelled “regrettable” by Cricket Australia’s head of integrity and security Sean Carroll.

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