Cricket: Darren Lehmann riled by English sandpaper taunts

  • 14/06/2018

Former Australian cricket coach Darren Lehmann has hit out on social media in response to fans being handed pieces of sandpaper on their way to Australia's one-day 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.

Cricket: Darren Lehmann riled by English sandpaper taunts
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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."