Southampton: England captain Joe Root admitted that members of the senior national team have faced some “ugly truths” over the past week after reports of discriminatory tweets from his players surfaced. The captain stressed that England are committed to making the game more inclusive.
Fast bowler Ollie Robinson was suspended earlier this week over objectionable old tweets that resurfaced during his Test debut at Lord’s, with the England and Wales Cricket Board now investigating Morgan and Jos Buttler’s old tweets is. Even James Anderson, the all-time wicket-taker, had come under the scanner.
The ECB has insisted that each of these cases will be investigated and that “relevant and appropriate action” will be taken if players are found 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 ahead of the second test with New Zealand, which begins at Edgbaston on Thursday.
“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.”
Root added that the 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.”