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Usman Khawaja dragged into 'disgraceful' Lord's crowd scenes

The Aussies were greeted with 'disgraceful' scenes from the Lord's crowd.

Usman Khawaja arguing with a Lord's crowd member and Steve Smith and Pat Cummins walking,
Usman Khawaja (pictured left), David Warner and the Aussie players were targeted by a number of members in the Lord's Long Room after unsavoury scenes from the host crowd. (Images: Sky Sports/Getty Images)

The cricket world has been left gobsmacked after ugly scenes unfolded between Usman Khawaja, David Warner and a number of members of the Lord's Long Room at lunch in the Ashes. Australia prevailed in a fiery second test at Lord's having bowled out a stoic England side 43-runs short of their 371 target.

However, tensions exploded when Alex Carey ran out Jonny Bairstow in controversial fashion. Carey took the catch after Bairstow let the ball run through to the wicketkeeper and the Aussie immediately threw the ball at the stumps from behind the wicket in an attempt to run out the batter.

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Bairstow wasn't paying attention and left his crease before the umpire deemed the ball dead. And because Carey reacted immediately, Bairstow was caught stranded. The England players were left in shock with captain Ben Stokes talking to the Australian players in disbelief as the umpires reviewed the footage.

Stuart Broad - who has been questioned himself over the years for his antics - came to the crease at six down and continually mocked the Australians for the dismissal that he must have believed had broken the 'Spirit of Cricket' debate.

The crowd was giving it to the Aussies who appeared to be in a dominant position heading into lunch. The famous Long Room - known for the members' respect for the game - was simmering as they cheered Broad and Stokes upon entry.

However, when the Aussie team followed, video footage showed many of the so-called gentlemen of the game booing the Australian players. And other footage showed some hurling abuse as the players walked past. And in stunning scenes, Khawaja stopped at one point and entered into an argument with a fan.

Security intervened, before Warner also got into an argument with the same section as he defended his teammate. Crowd footage from the staircase also showed the players stopping when they were being targeted.

Cricket Australia (CA) asked the governing body of Lord's the MCC to look at: “several incidents involving spectators in the members area”.

“It is alleged players and staff from the Australian team were verbally abused, with some being physically contacted as they made their way to lunch through the members area,” CA wrote in a statement. Since the incident, three members of the Long Room have been suspended.

After the game, Khawaja addressed what happened when he walked through the corridor. “It was really disappointing,” the Aussie opener told Channel Nine.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 02: David Warner of Australia and Usman Khawaja of Australia take the the field during Day Five of the LV= Insurance Ashes 2nd Test match between England and Australia at Lord's Cricket Ground on July 2, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 02: David Warner of Australia and Usman Khawaja of Australia take the the field during Day Five of the LV= Insurance Ashes 2nd Test match between England and Australia at Lord's Cricket Ground on July 2, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images) (Ryan Pierse via Getty Images)

“Some of the stuff that was coming out of the members’ mouths was really disappointing. I wasn’t just going to stand by and cop it, so I just talked to a few of them.

“A few of them were throwing out some pretty big allegations, and I just called them up on it. It was pretty disrespectful to be honest. I was expecting a lot better from the members.”

Cricket world reacts to Lord's Long Room crowd scenes

Speaking moments after the footage, England great Eoin Morgan said he has never seen the scenes unfolding and they appeared unjustified considering Bairstow was correctly given out.

Usman Khawaja speaks to James Anderson.
Usman Khawaja (pictured right) speaking to James Anderson (pictured left) after a fiery day 5 of the second Ashes test. (Photo by IAN KINGTON/AFP via Getty Images) (IAN KINGTON via Getty Images)

"I've never seen scenes like that, particularly in the Long Room, never mind all the way around the ground. And I can't understand why, it's complete naivety around Jonny Bairstow's dismissal," he said on Sky Sports.

Fans around the world were left in disbelief at the reaction from the Long Room crowd and called out the behaviour.

After the match, the MCC apologised to the Australian players for the behaviour directed towards them in the Long Room. “The Long Room is unique in world cricket and the great privilege of players passing through the Pavilion is very special,” the statement read

“After this morning’s play, emotions were running high, and words were unfortunately exchanged with some of the Australian team, by a small number of members.

“We have unreservedly apologised to the Australian team and will deal with any member who has not maintained the standard we expect through our disciplinary processes. It was not necessary to eject anyone from the ground and we are pleased to say that there was no repeat of this as the players resumed the field for this afternoon’s session.”

Aussie captain Cummins suggested some of those in the Long Room might find themselves in hot water. "I think some of them might lose their memberships over the way they behaved," he added.

Regardless, Australia will look to put that behind them as they take a 2-0 Ashes lead and are on track to become the first team since 2001 to win a series in England.

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