26 Feb 2016

No formal complaint from Cricket Australia over crowd abuse

11:50 am on 26 February 2016

New Zealand Cricket hasn't received a formal complaint from the Australian team over apparent abusive comments from Black Caps fans during the recent tour.

Arriving back in Sydney yesterday Australia vice captain David Warner said Black Caps fans went too far with their "derogatory and vulgar" comments.

Both captains paid tribute to the spirit in which the series, which Australia won 2-0, had been played but Warner suggested that goodwill had not extended to the stands at Wellington's Basin Reserve and Hagley Oval in Christchurch.

He said they were subjected to comments about their families and the abuse lasted throughout play.

Did New Zealand cricket fans go too far in their taunting of the Australian cricketers?

Did New Zealand cricket fans go too far in their taunting of the Australian cricketers? Photo: Photosport

A New Zealand Cricket spokesman confirmed no complaint had been received but said chief executive David White wouldn't be making any comment on the matter.

"You get your odd banter here or there, but when they're talking about people's families it takes it a little bit too far," said Warner.

"We don't expect to wake up and be hounded for six or seven hours," he added.

"The upsetting thing was I know if my two daughters were in the crowd, I wouldn't want them listening to that kind of stuff."

While New Zealand have prided themselves on playing the game in the right spirit over the last couple of years, Australia have maintained a reputation for on-field aggression.

Australia captain Steve Smith was fined 30 per cent of his match fee after an angry exchange with umpire Ranmore Martinesz on day four of the second test.

Warner, once the self-confessed "attack dog" of Australia's sledging effort, said Australia would continue to play the game their way.

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