Sydney: England batsman Jonny Bairstow hit back at three unruly fans who abused him and Ben Stokes over tea break, saying sometimes people go over the mark. After 36/4 on the third day, Bairstow put on a 128-run partnership for the fifth wicket with Ben Stokes (66) and later shared a 72-run stand with Mark Wood (39) for the sixth wicket and scored his seventh Test. . century. Construction. England reach 258/7 at stumps, yet Australia trail by 158 runs.
Meanwhile, during the tea break, Stokes and Bairstow were walking towards the pavilion dressing room when some unruly fans at the Noble Stand taunted them both. In a video obtained by the Sydney Morning Herald, some fans ridiculed Stokes and Bairstow for their body shape.
One fan shouted, “Stokes, you’re fat. Take off your jumper, Bairstow, put on some weight, Bairstow.” Stokes did not react to the misbehavior inflicted on him, but stopped at the top of the stairs and looked at the fan angrily. Angered by this, Bairstow opened fire on his abuser. , “Pal. That’s right. Just turn around and go away. P- as weak.
Team director Ashley Giles did not intervene during the exchange, but gave Bairstow an assistant pat as the players entered the dressing room. After the day’s play, Bairstow completely denied comments made by fans, who were thrown out of the stadium shortly after the incident.
“It was a little bad-mouthed. It’s not needed. We’re trying to do our job there, people are enjoying cricket there. Unfortunately, sometimes people go over the mark. I think It’s important to stand up for yourself because if we don’t stand up for ourselves, you can fight it.”
In the final session, Bairstow marched to reach his seventh Test century and commented that it would have been great if those fans were in the stadium till the stumps. “When people go over the mark, they need to be told. It would have been nice if they left it after we left. Unfortunately, they weren’t and they just missed out on a wonderful day in Test cricket.