England opener Rory Burns has been spoken to by the team management over his response to women’s cricketer Alex Hartley on Twitter over the 2-day finish to the Pink-ball Test in Ahmedabad. Burns had objected to Hartley’s comical tweet on England losing the 3rd Test inside 2 days against India on Thursday.
Rory Burns took to Twitter to respond to Alex Hartley’s tweet that came after England were handed a 10-wicket defeat to India in the day-night Test. Hartley, referring to England’s ODI against New Zealand in New Zealand had said: “Nice of the England boys to get this test match finished just before England Women play tonight.”
Burns took offence of the tweet and replied: “Very disappointing attitude considering all the ‘boys’ do to support the Women’s game.” The tweet had likes from England fast bowler James Anderson and all-rounder Ben Stokes but Burns deleted the post soon after.
As it turns out, England team management spoke to Burns about the tweet,reprimanding him for the response to Hartley’s tweet, according to ESPNCricinfo. Notably, the England women’s cricketer, who last played for the senior national side in 2019, tweeted to clarify her previous post.
“Think it’s been taken the wrong way/out of context. No offence was meant. We are all test match fans,” she said.
Think it’s been taken the wrong way/out of context. No offence was meant. We are all test match fans .com/NIJU8QM2Xi
— Alexandra Hartley (@AlexHartley93) February 25, 2021
Shedding light on Burns’ tweet, England head coach Chris Silverwood said he is not worried about what’s happening on the social media platform but insisted he would be encouraging the team to focus on what’s happening on the field.
“It’s not for me to judge on that one. That will be dealt with back in England, obviously. For me, I don’t worry about things like that. I’ve got more on my plate this end to worry about,” Silverwood said.
“That’s what I’ll be encouraging the boys to do as well: keep their head in what’s happening here.”
England took a 1-0 lead after stunning India in the first Test in Chennai. However, they have struggled against spin in the next two Tests and have conceded an unbeatable 1-2 lead in the 4-Test series. In the pink-ball Test, England were bundled out for 112 and 81 as it became the shortest completed Test in the post-war era.
Burns was not part of the England XI in the 3rd Test as he was dropped after two ordinary outings in Chennai. Zak Crawley took the place of Burns at the top of the order and hit an impressive fifty in challenging batting conditions in the first innings of the Pink-ball Test.