Shocking moment Australian cricketers called ‘cheaters’ by angry MCC members amid storm Jonny Bairstow

This is the moment the fiery MCC members barracked the Australian cricket team as they returned to their locker room in the second Ashes Test shot by controversial stumping Jonny Bairstow.

The manner of their victory rocked the sport – and sparked angry scenes at Lord’s yesterday – after the England wicketkeeper’s downfall was marked against the ‘spirit of the game’.

Three MCC members, whose privileged number includes some of Britain’s richest and most powerful people with Stephen Fry as chairman, have been suspended after several Australian players were “verbally abused” or “physically contacted”.

“They will not be permitted to return to Lord’s during the investigation,” the MCC said in a statement.

The row started when Bairstow left his crease to talk to Ben Stokes, believing the overcoat was over. But wicketkeeper Alex Carey kicked the ball over his stumps and he was knocked out. Australia captain Pat Cummins decided not to revoke the appeal to grant Bairstow a reprieve, causing chaos and controversy at the Home of Cricket. Cummins then insisted that the stumping was “fair,” but the generally quiet MCC members disagreed.

Australia was booed for the rest of the day by Lords’ 32,000 fans and in unprecedented scenes Australian stars David Warner and Usman Khawaja had to be separated from MCC members by security at the famous Lord’s Long Room.

The MCC members then lined up the famous stairs to shout abuse at the celebrating Australians as they returned to their locker room shouting ‘cheat, cheat, cheat’ at them. There were repeated shouts of ‘sandpaper’ at the players – a reference to 2018 ball tampering scandal where Steve Smith and others rubbed sandpaper on the ball to make it swing more, one of the worst examples of cheating in modern times.

Australian cricketers climb the stairs of Lord's while being abused by members in scenes which saw three patrons suspended by Marylebone Cricket Club

Australian cricketers climb the stairs of Lord’s while being abused by members in scenes which saw three patrons suspended by Marylebone Cricket Club

Usman Khawaja pointed to a man and said he wanted him sent off as he claimed there had been verbal abuse and physical contact with the Australian players.

Usman Khawaja pointed to a man and said he wanted him sent off as he claimed there had been verbal abuse and physical contact with the Australian players.

The argument in the Long Room is unprecedented

The argument in the Long Room is unprecedented

Speaking afterwards, defeated England captain Ben Stokes said: “Would I like to win a game like this?” No. If the shoe was on the other foot, I would have thought about the whole spirit of the game”. England manager Brendon McCullum said of the relationship with the Aussies: “I can’t imagine we’ll be having a beer anytime soon.”

And on the pitch before the defeat, a furious Stuart Broad told Cummins: ‘It’s the worst thing I’ve ever seen in cricket’ before turning to Carey and warning him: ‘That’s it what you will be remembered for.”

Since then, three of those members have been identified and suspended from the exclusive club.

Usman Khawaja said what was said was “rather disrespectful” and “really disappointing”. Of the altercation in the long room, he said he was “not just going to sit idly by and face the abuse”.

‘Lord’s is one of my favorite places to come. There is always respect at Lord’s, especially in the Members’ Pavilion in the Long Room, but there was none today. It was very disappointing.

“If someone asks me where the best place to play is, I always say Lord’s.

“The crowd is great, especially the members are great, and some of the things that were coming out of the members’ mouths are really underwhelming and I wasn’t just going to sit there and deal with that.” So I just talked to a few of them.

“A couple of them were throwing out really big allegations and I just called them about it and they carried on, and I was like, well, this is your membership here. So I’m just pointing them out. But it’s pretty disrespectful, to be honest. I just expect a lot better from the members.

A Cricket Australia spokesperson said: “Australian management has asked Marylebone Cricket Club [MCC] investigate several incidents involving spectators in the members’ area during lunch on the fifth day of the Lord’s Trial.

“Australian team players and staff are alleged to have been verbally abused, with some being physically contacted, as they walked to lunch in the members’ area.”

Now new video footage showed the MCC members yelling at the Aussies, with angry support pointing fingers at each member of the squad and shouting ‘cheat’ at them.

Another member yelled at them “get the sandpaper” in reference to the infamous 2019 Cape Town balloon tampering scandal which saw David Warner and Steve Smith suspended for a year.

More inaudible insults continued to ring out as the chants grew louder and more intense, with the Aussies running up the stairs to their locker rooms at a brisk pace.

“This is just not cricket and certainly not in the spirit of the game. Shame MCC shame,’ one posted.

‘Members of the long hall should be ashamed of themselves! The veneer of respectability comes off very easily,” posted another.

“Cricket has a problem with elitism and these members are living, embarrassing proof of that,” added another.

Australia's Alex Carey smashes England's Jonny Bairstow in dismissal deemed not in spirit of game

Australia’s Alex Carey smashes England’s Jonny Bairstow in dismissal deemed not in spirit of game

The stumping sparked scenes of boos and anger in Lord's

The stumping sparked scenes of boos and anger in Lord’s

Australian skipper Pat Cummins celebrates Jonny Bairstow's prize wicket - but England fans were left infuriated by his stumping and let tourists know all about it

Australian skipper Pat Cummins celebrates Jonny Bairstow’s prize wicket – but England fans were left infuriated by his stumping and let tourists know all about it

One particularly angry England fan was pointing at each member of the Australian squad and shouting “cheat” at them.

Another member yelled at Australians “take the sandpaper” in reference to the infamous 2019 Cape Town balloon tampering scandal which saw David Warner and Steve Smith suspended for a year by Cricket Australia.

More inaudible insults continue to ring out as the chants grow louder and more intense, with the Australians running up the stairs to their locker rooms at a rapid pace.

As members protested the actions of Australian wicket-keeper Alex Carey and skipper Pat Cummins for not revoking the call-up, many fans felt the abuse was far worse than the tourists’ tactics.

“This is just not cricket and certainly not in the spirit of the game. Shame MCC shame,’ one posted.

‘Members of the long hall should be ashamed of themselves! The veneer of respectability comes off very easily,” posted another.

“Cricket has a problem with elitism and these members are living, embarrassing proof of that,” added another.

Broad also berated the Australians

Broad also berated the Australians

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