An MCC member has been expelled after Australian cricketers David Warner and Usman Khawaja were confronted in the Lord’s Long Room by furious cricket fans during this summer’s hostile Ashes series.
Australia’s opening batsmen and their teammates have been accused of cheating by furious members of the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) following Jonny Bairstow’s controversial running out on the final day of the second Ashes Test – in which the tourists triumphed to take a 2-0 lead. the series.
Bairstow wandered out of his crease at the end of an over – believing the ball to be dead – only to be bowled out by Australian wicketkeeper Alex Carey who under-armed the ball at the stumps just before the lunch, sparking ugly scenes at Lord’s.
Guy Lavender, MCC chief executive and secretary, hailed an “unforgettable day of Test cricket” but said it might “unfortunately be remembered for other reasons”.
Cricket Australia has called for an investigation into the fiery exchange, and now the MCC has announced its sanctions following an investigation, with one member expelled from the club, while another received a four-and-a-half year ban.
MCC member expelled, two others banned for fiery Long Room outburst
Angry cricket fans exchanged words with David Warner and Usman Khawaja during Ashes
MCC members were furious after the controversial dismissal of Jonny Bairstow by the Australians.
A third member was suspended for 30 months. The three members were sanctioned for “abusive, offensive or inappropriate behavior or language”.
Australia were accused of betraying the “spirit of the game” after the Bairstow incident, and the series took a more volatile turn for the remaining three Tests, which ended in a 2–2 draw at the Oval.
When both sets of players left for lunch, Khawaja and Warner were filmed arguing with angry members in the famous Long Room as boos rang out and cries of “absolute shame” were heard.
Khawaja could be seen angrily confronting a member before being pulled away by a teammate and a staff member. Moments later, Warner also had to be restrained by the security team as tensions rose.
The Australians have since revealed what happened between the two sets of players during that lunch break, with Marnus Labuschagne and Steve Smith revealing a frosty exchange took place between Warner and Bairstow.
Labuschagne said Bairstow refused to eat anything before shooting opener Warner, to which the veteran responded tersely.
“I was in the dining room,” he said. “Jonny was smoking, absolutely smoking. He went into the dining room and didn’t eat breakfast.
“The Sky team knew Jonny was there and they just replayed him on the screen. And as you’re doing it, everyone’s looking at you. Obviously, seeing us all looking, he says ‘are you happy with that?”
“David Warner spits out his chicken and says ‘yeah, great.’ The only words spoken.
Australians accused of betraying ‘spirit of cricket’ at Lord’s this summer
Wicketkeeper Alex Carey returned the ball to the stumps as Bairstow had wandered out of his field, believing a Cameron Green delivery to be dead.
Steve Smith added: “It was funny,” while Mitch Marsh said the Australians struggled to suppress their laughter after Warner’s comment.
“Remember at school when the teacher scolded you and you shouldn’t laugh? Well, I was trying to eat my soup, so if you can imagine, I’m eating my soup and I’m shaking like this, and I’m just trying to look down and I look up at Jonny and I ate some pumpkin soup. I go down in my whites.
Travis Head said: “I had my back turned to Jonny but I could imagine Jonny looking at us and when David said ‘very’ me and a few others had shoulder tremors.
“He (Bairstow) would have seen three shoulders scrunch with their heads down.”
And Usman Khawaja claimed even some England stars found the exchange amusing.
“I went out with a few English boys and they were laughing,” he said.
“Bairstow still hasn’t eaten anything. He was sitting all the time. So I finished and left and Jonny hadn’t touched anything.
The Australian stars have since spilled the beans during a very awkward lunch at Lord’s in the Ashes.
However, British television presenter and staunch England supporter Piers Morgan became angry at the Australians’ boastful antics in the video, calling the players “disbelievers”.
“If there’s one thing worse than Australia so brazenly abusing the spirit of cricket, it’s seeing the unbelievers laughing about it now,” he tweeted.
“Stokes should play this video to his team before the next Ashes series. In fact, he should play it for them every day between now and then.
Hostilities continued for the rest of the series, culminating in the players not sharing beers after the fifth Test at the Oval.