During the Ashes 2023 series in the United Kingdom, Australian cricketers Marnus Labuschagne and Usman Khawaja faced another incident of fan confrontation at The Oval in London. A video of the incident went viral on social media, capturing an England fan shouting “boring” at passing players after the conclusion of the third day’s play when England posted 389/9 at stumps.
Labuschagne heard the taunt and reacted, asking the fan, “What did you say, mate?” Usman Khawaja, who was following behind, stepped in to calm the situation down, urging the fan to relax.
This incident comes after a similar altercation at Lord’s Long Room involving Usman Khawaja and David Warner. The Ashes series has always been known for its intense rivalry and passionate fans, but the 2023 edition seemed to have some extra hostility from the English supporters towards the visiting Australian players.
Not quite the MCC Long Room at Lords. But @marnus3cricket and @Uz_Khawaja clearly not happy with this Englishman at the end of a frustrating day 3 for the Aussies! #boring #Ashes #ENGvsAUS pic.twitter.com/i0m5wM8bUY
— Pat McCormick (@pat_mccormickk) July 30, 2023
On a different note, the Ashes 2023 series took a significant turn when England’s Stuart Broad announced his shock retirement from Test cricket. He revealed that the decision was made recently, and he felt content with it on Friday evening before sharing it with England Test captain Ben Stokes. Broad emphasized the importance of ending his Test career against Australia in the Ashes, considering it the pinnacle of Test cricket.
“Ashes cricket has brought out the best in me. I love the energy of the battle against Australia, the crowd involvement. I’m proud to have 150 Test wickets against them, and ultimately, these are the memories I will hold with me for the rest of my life,” Stuart Broad wrote in his column for the Daily Mail.
Meanwhile, Australia has already retained the Ashes 2023 with an unassailable 2-1 lead in the series. They are now aiming for a comprehensive victory in the ongoing fifth Test at The Oval, hoping to sweep the series.