'Cries of cheat, cheat and shouts of sandpaper' - MCC member reveals details of Lord's Long Room drama post 2nd Ashes Test

Bairstow's controversial dismissal on Day 5 of the Lord's Test erupted anger among English fans toward Australian players.

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Usman Khawaja with MCC Crowd Member.
Usman Khawaja with MCC Crowd Member. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Lord’s Test has been surely the battle fans wanted to see in Ashes 2023 as the last day produced some incredible scenes, which are hard to forget. From Ben Stokes’ incredible knock to Jonny Bairstow's controversial dismissal, it had everything. Now one of the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) members has revealed that English fans in Lord’s long room welcomed Australian players with the shouts of ‘cheat’ and ‘Sandpaper’. While in the game, the Aussies won the game by 43 runs and are leading the series by 2-0. 

The whole incident started unfolding when, Aussies wicketkeeper, Alex Carey dismissed Jonny Bairstow on Day 5 of the Lord's Test. Bairstow was out of the crease as he thought it was a ‘dead ball’ and Carey hit the stump with an underarm throw, and Pat Cummins-led side appealed where the umpire gave out, contrary to the English batter's believe as it was a valid delivery. 

MCC member questioned Lord's cricket ground security amid all the tussle

"What surprised me was that it wasn't better policed, especially given the military career of the chief executive," a member of Marylebone Cricket Club was quoted as saying by the Telegraph UK. 

"I mean, he can sort out Afghanistan but he can't sort out the Long Room," the member further added. 

Although one of the prestigious clubs, MCC, after the incident, suspended three members and further investigation is still pending. The Lord’s cricket ground-based club soon issued a statement after the incident and apologized when complaints came from the Aussies camp. While in the footage, it was seen members were confronting Australian players as they were coming after the victory.

Cries of "Cheat, cheat, cheat, cheat!" were intersected with shouts of, "sandpaper!", the member revealed."They should have foreseen what might happen. If there were members of the committee available, somebody could have gone into the Long Room and said, 'Look, you probably are peeved with that sneaky dismissal of Bairstow but please, gentlemen, act with decorum when the players come off'," concluded MCC member.

Australian skipper, Cummins already warned MCC members of losing their membership, as they confronted visiting side players. In the viral footage, Usman Khawaja and David Warner were seen involved in a verbal spat with MCC members, and now with all the rage between fans of both countries, the third game of five Test starting on Thursday, July 6 will be a fiery encounter between the two sides.

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