'Virtually non-existent': Security mocked over comical pitch invasion

Andrew Reid
·3-min read
Seen here, an SCG security member casually walks out to stop pitch invaders.
SCG security's response time to a pitch invasion was roundly mocked on social media. Pic: Fox Sports/Getty

Fans have flocked to social media in droves to take aim at the SCG security staff after a comical incident in Friday's opening one-day international between Australia and India.

The Australian summer of cricket officially got underway on a hot Friday in Sydney, with Australia winning the toss and electing to bat.

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Play had to be halted at the start of the seventh over, however, when several men were seen jumping the fence from the grandstands and racing out towards the middle of the pitch.

Security guards seem to take an age to leap into action and stop the pitch invaders from holding up the contest.

With Sydney experiencing some sweltering November temperatures, one security guard clearly wasn't interested in breaking any more than a casual stroll.

He was certainly in no rush to stop the men who had run out into the middle of the SCG to protest the Adani coal mine.

One of the protesters made it to the pitch, before whipping the bails off the stumps at one end.

The pitch invaders were eventually rounded up by other members of the SCG security team.

The comical scenes left fans in stitches on social media.

Earlier, Aaron Finch won the toss and elected to bat after predicting some turn from the pitch later on Friday.

The Aussie skipper's decision paid dividends as he and David Warner got the home side off to a flying start.

Finch notched his 28th ODI half century for Australia before he saluted to the sky in honour of Phillip Hughes, whose tragic death happened exactly six years ago after being struck at the same ground.

The Aussie openers brought up their one hundred run partnership after 19 overs.

Seen here, Aaron Finch hits a ball towards the boundary in the first ODI against India.
Aaron Finch brought up a half century inside the first 19 overs against India. Pic: Getty

The hosts made one change to the XI that defeated England in Australia's most recent one-dayer, with Steve Smith replacing allrounder Mitch Marsh.

Smith missed all three ODIs in England because of concussion.

India's side was also as expected, with Mayank Agarwal opening the batting alongside Shikhar Dhawan.

Star pacemen Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami headline India's potent attack for Friday's clash.

Australia XI: Aaron Finch (capt), David Warner, Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey, Glenn Maxwell, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood.

India XI: Shikhar Dhawan, Mayank Agarwal, Virat Kohli (capt), Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah.

with AAP

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