MCC takes strict action over Australia Long Room confrontations
During Sunday’s second Test, altercations between Marylebone Cricket Club members and Australian players led to strict action by the club.
As Australia headed to the dressing room for lunch, three members were suspended after clashing with Usman Khawaja and David Warner in the Long Room.
Australia wicketkeeper Alex Carey stumped England’s Jonny Bairstow in a controversial manner.
In a statement, the MCC apologized “unreservedly” to the Australian cricket team.
According to the statement, they cannot return to Lord’s while the investigation is underway.
In spite of the fact that [Australia captain] Pat Cummins did not suggest that any physical altercation occurred, it remains wholly unacceptable to behave in such a manner, which is against club values. We maintain that the behavior of a small number of members was unacceptable.
Cricket Australia is once again apologizing for the behavior observed by the MCC.”
Khawaja and Cummins were also disappointed with the behavior of MCC members.
Khawaja said he loved coming to Lord’s. There is always respect shown at Lord’s, particularly in the members’ pavilion in the Long Room, but not today.
Several members were saying some really disappointing things, and I wasn’t going to stand by and accept it. So I spoke with a few of them.
Some of them were throwing out some pretty big allegations, and I called them out on it, and they kept going, and I told them, “Well, this is your membership.”.
I expect a lot more from the members. I think it’s pretty disrespectful.”
Australia had also requested that the MCC investigate the incident.
Cummins explained that MCC apologized for the behavior of some of its members.
The way some of them behaved might cause them to lose their memberships. Other than that one time, they were fantastic the entire week. Normally fantastic, really welcoming.
It just seemed like they were being aggressive and abusive towards some of our players, which I know the MCC weren’t too happy about.”
After winning the first two matches of the series, Australia leads the five-match series 2-0.