Aussie cricketers kicked out of nightclub in alleged Covid breach

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Redbacks players, pictured here celebrating the dismissal of Joe Burns.
Redbacks players celebrate the dismissal of Joe Burns in their Sheffield Shield clash with Queensland. (AAP Image/David Mariuz)

Ten South Australian cricketers are under investigation for alleged breaches of Covid rules after they were evicted from a nightclub on Tuesday morning.

The Redbacks cricketers were evicted from the Cry Baby nightspot by police in Adelaide's central business district about 12.30am on Tuesday.

The players allegedly refused orders from the nightclub's security staff to stop dancing and were reportedly verbally abusive to staff.

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Under Covid-19 regulations in South Australia, dancing is banned in licensed venues.

While no charges were laid by police, the South Australian Cricket Association (SACA) is investigating the matter.

"SACA has been made aware of an allegation that several Redbacks players were asked to leave a city venue following concerns about their behaviour," SACA said in a statement.

"While SACA has not received a formal complaint from any party, the details and circumstances surrounding the allegations are currently being investigated.

"As an organisation, SACA is committed to maintaining the highest standards of behaviour both on and off the field and expects all its personnel to adhere to current COVID-19 restrictions in the interest of community safety."

The group of Redbacks players went to the nightclub after their drawn Sheffield Shield game against Queensland ended on Monday.

South Australia and Queensland in Sheffield Shield draw

A fighting half-century from Alex Carey helped deny Queensland victory.

South Australia, set 324 runs to win, finished at 6-244 with Carey (66no) holding sway to ensure a draw at Adelaide Oval.

Redbacks opener Jake Carder top-scored with 79 as the Bulls fell short of a comeback win.

Queensland were bowled out for 152 in their first innings, with SA replying with 280.

But Usman Khawaja's superb 174 and Jimmy Peirson's 132 - his second ton in two Shield games this season - allowed the visitors to declare at 7-451 in their second dig.

Queensland set SA a target of 324 runs from a minimum of 86 overs.

But despite more heroics from paceman Mark Steketee, the Bulls were unable to secure a win.

Steketee claimed seven wickets in SA's first innings and raised victory hopes by taking three of the initial four Redbacks wickets to fall on Monday.

The fast bowler finished with 3-48 from 24 overs, returning 10-92 for the game - his maiden 10-wicket haul in a first-class match.

with AAP

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