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South Africa have officially complained that some of their players were racially abused by supporters at Perth’s WACA ground during the first Test against Australia.
A statement issued by the team’s management late last night said that racial slurs and chants were directed at Ashwell Prince (above), Garnett Kruger, Shaun Pollock, Justin Kemp and Makhaya Ntini during the third day’s play, on Sunday.
The match ended in a draw yesterday after Jacques Rudolph – who is expected to sign for Derbyshire today as one of their overseas players for next season – batted through the final day to score a defiant century.
The South Africans said they had complained about the racial abuse to Inter-national Cricket Council match referee Chris Broad and John Rhodes, who manages the ICC’s anti-corruption and security unit in Australia and New Zealand.
On Sunday, Shane Warne’s lbw appeal against Prince was upheld by umpire Steve Bucknor, giving cricket’s magnificent cross between John Daly and John Candy his 86th test wicket of the year, breaking a record held since 1981 by Dennis Lillee.