Maintaining its stance on discrimination, English cricket continued to support the ‘equality for all’ program by wearing ‘anti-discrimination’ t-shirts before the start of play at Edgbaston. The hosts put together a “moment of unity” gesture before the series opens in tribute to the global movement known as “Black Lives Matter”. Nonetheless, Ollie Robinson’s eight-year-old tweet only overshadowed the initiative the hosts had taken. But, skipper Joe Root had confirmed earlier that they were not backing down despite what had happened last week.
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“Yes, we will,” he said at his press conference on Wednesday. “We are committed to making a positive change in our sport. It doesn’t change just because of what has happened. We have to face it.”
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson backed his Culture and Sports Secretary on Monday, who said the ECB had gone “over the top” by suspending Robinson, 27.
“It’s been an uncomfortable week for everyone,” Root said.
“We want to try to make positive changes in our sport. We want to make it a better place. Of course, some uncomfortable things have arisen over the past week and we need to recognize and accept it. “As a team we will keep talking about it because it is important, but as professionals we know we have a job to do this week.”
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Meanwhile, England playmaker James Anderson became the most capped English cricketer in the test match as he was among eleven players for the second test match against New Zealand at Edgbaston. Anderson will now have appeared in 162 Tests, overtaking his former captain Alastair Cook who played a short. Earlier, Anderson had said he felt “he was not good enough”.
(With AFP inputs)
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