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Not saying England players never made mistakes but we’re committed to making cricket more inclusive: Joe Root

England captain Joe Root said the team has had to face some ugly truths over allegations of offensive historical social media posts from multiple players. However, he said the players don’t hold the view expressed in their tweets from the past.

Joe Root confident England will work towards making cricket a more inclusive sport (Reuters Photo)

Joe Root confident England will work towards making cricket a more inclusive sport (Reuters Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Joe Root said England have had a difficult time, facing ugly truths over offensive historical tweets
  • Ollie Robinson was suspended after his Test debut for sexist and racist comment from the past
  • Several England players are alleged of posting offensive comments on social media

England captain Joe Root conceded that the senior national team members have had to face some “ugly truths” over the last week after reports of sexist and racist historic tweets from their players emerged. The skipper stressed that England are committed to making the sport more inclusive.

While fast bowler Ollie Robinson was suspended over offensive historical tweets that resurfaced during his Test debut at Lord’s earlier this week, England and Wales Cricket Board have launched an investigation into allegations of such offensive tweets from several other players, including World Cup-winning captain Eoin Morgan and Jos Buttler. All-time wicket-taker James Anderson also came under the scanner after he was alleged of posting a homophobic tweet in 2010.

The ECB has stressed that each of these cases will be investigated and “relevant and appropriate action” will be taken if the players are proven guilty of posting offensive comments on social media in the past.

“We’ve had to face up to some ugly truths this past week or so and there will be challenges moving forward,” Root said on the eve of the 2nd Test against New Zealand in Birmingham.

“The group of players we have now is very much committed to moving the game forward, to making it a better place, making it more inclusive and educating ourselves further.

“We’re going to have to front up to what has happened, but ultimately we want to move forward in a really positive way, to keep going on this journey we’ve started of trying to better our sport.”

Joe Root also stressed that views expressed in the tweets are not currently held by members of the England squad.

“I think that will be proven in the actions that we take following through in the rest of the year,” he said.

“This is just the start of things in many ways. We are committed to making positive change in the sport and… we’re not saying that we are perfect in that we’ve never made mistakes, but we do want to make it a better place.”

Ollie Robinson will not be available for the 2nd Test as England will look to overcome a difficult week with a positive showing against New Zealand at Edgbaston. The series finale will be played from June 10.

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