Aussies harassed at training in Jamaica

Australia team officials are sure to be asking questions about the Sabina Park security after several players were confronted by aggressive locals during a training session in the Jamaican capital of Kingston.

The team’s final training session before the second Test starts at the ground was a security nightmare with several players surrounded as they made their way from the nets to the dressing room.

Shaun Marsh and Adam Voges were approached by a group of men on the 200m walk from the nets to the player’s rooms at the Courtney Walsh Stand end of the ground.

Allrounder Shane Watson actually brought out some of his allocation of Test tickets, sparking disputes within the group of men as they battled to get their hands on the prized items.

The team bus was also held up on its way out of the ground following training as some of the men berated the Australians for not handing out enough tickets.

The second Test begins at the venue on Thursday (0100 Friday AEST).

Players are regularly asked at venues around the world if they can provide tickets but Kingston’s troubled reputation is certain to have raised some concern.

Only two security guards were visible on the journey from the nets to the dressing rooms, with neither doing much to separate the men from the players.

The Jamaican city was ranked 10th in the highest murder rates for the 137 most populous cities in the world by a 2014 United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime report.

Figures from 2011 show there were 328 murders in Kingston.

Hotel guests are advised not to leave their hotels at night and across the city, buildings feature barbed-wire topped walls or heavy security.

Cricket Australia refused to comment on the matter.

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