Proteas legends slam Aussie ‘whining’


Proteas legends Graeme Smith and Mark Boucher have slammed Australia coach Darren Lehmann after he claimed SA fans have behaved disgracefully.

Lehmann was responding to an incident at Newlands on Friday where a fan in the members area approached the railing that protects the stairs up to the away dressing room and reportedly hurled abuse at David Warner who had just been bowled for 30.

The Australian coach was widely quoted after he said at the post match press conference: “I think it’s been disgraceful. You’re talking about abuse of various players and their families and personal abuse, it’s not on at a cricket ground anywhere around the world, not just here, it shouldn’t happen.”

Responding to those words former Proteas wicketkeeper and Titans coach Boucher tweeted in response to a post pointing out that the Australia coaches words appeared hollow in the light of the abuse he has witnessed while playing in Australia.

Boucher Tweeted: “Correct Darren! Fully agree! But… start cleaning up in your own country first! The personal, racial abuse I’ve witnessed in Aus was ridiculous. U guys don’t live in a glass house! Why the fuss all of a sudden? Seems fine when the shoe is on the other foot!”

The Titans coach would add in another tweet: “Wake up to Australians moaning about abuse toward their players…pfffff…. pot, kettle… now sit back and watch Aussies abuse me for this tweet”

Former skipper Smith said that he had never encountered an Australian team that was as thin skinned as Lehmman’s charges.

He tweeted: “Absolutely right, and I don’t condone any of it…. But Blimey i have never seen an Aussie team whinge and whine like this!”