India off-spinner R. Ashwin on Sunday said racist abuse from the crowd at the Sydney Cricket Ground was not new and that it needed to be dealt with strongly.

Speaking at the end of the fourth day’s play, Ashwin said the Indian players faced racism in Sydney in earlier tours.

“Look, I would like to point out something. This is my fourth tour to Australia. Sydney, especially here, we have had a few experiences even in the past,” Ashwin said at the virtual press conference.

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“One or two times, even the players have reacted and have got into trouble in the past and not because of players but actually the way the crowd has been speaking, especially the lower tier of the stands,” he said.

Local media reported that six people were expelled from the ground by the security during the nearly 10-minute halt in the on-ground proceedings during the fourth day of…

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