Ex-Australia coach Darren Lehmann hits out at journalist's social media post about sandpaper stunt




Former Australian cricket coach Darren Lehmann has hit out on social media in response to fans being handed pieces of sandpaper on their way to Australia's one-day loss to England at The Oval.

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Lehmann tweeted "your (sic) better than that?" to British journalist Alison Mitchell after she posted a photo of sandpaper four and six cards being handed out to the crowd.

The pieces of "Australian ball-tampering grade sandpaper" were part of an advertising stunt and it's understood 5000 sandpaper cards were confiscated in the ground.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 13:  Cricket fans wave sandpaper four cards at Ashton Agar of Australia during the 1st Royal London ODI match between England and Australia at The Kia Oval on June 13, 2018 in London, England.  (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Some fans managed to get sandpaper cards into the Oval.

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It was Australia's first series since the South African ball-tampering scandal and the loss of three stars showed as they were bowled out for 214 in a three-wicket loss to England.

Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft were sent home from the South African tour in March for their roles in attempting to alter the condition of the ball with sandpaper during the third Test in Cape Town.

The scandal resulted in year-long suspensions for Smith and Warner, and a nine-month ban for opener Bancroft.

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