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England vs New Zealand: Hosts will cope with Ollie Robinson social media storm, says Trent Boult

England vs New Zealand: Hosts will address Ollie Robinson social media storm, says Trent Boult

Trent Boult believes England will be capable to address the distraction of their social media storm after they face New Zealand within the decisive second Check on Thursday.

England’s Ollie Robinson was suspended after racist and sexist tweets posted by the paceman in 2012 and 2013 emerged throughout the first Check at Lord’s.

The controversy escalated on Monday when the England and Wales Cricket Board revealed they had been investigating a second unidentified England participant for posting “historic offensive materials” on social media.

Trent Boult throughout a follow session in Birmingham. AP

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Tradition Secretary Oliver Dowden criticised the ECB’s hardline stance because the row rumbled on.

However the highlight can be on Joe Root’s facet, who stood collectively in a ‘second of unity’ in opposition to all types of discrimination simply earlier than the Robinson information broke.

Requested if the problem would put England at an obstacle after they face New Zealand at Edgbaston, Black Caps seamer Boult stated: “I do not assume they are going to be too distracted. There are some things occurring the sidelines.

“I am certain they are going to be on the ball. They are going to be determined to place in a great efficiency.

“These guys have performed numerous cricket. They’re super at dwelling. I believe they’ll put these issues on the sideline and deal with the sport.”

Whereas he wouldn’t criticise Robinson, Boult admitted cricketers have to be cautious what they are saying on social media with the eyes of the world on them always.

“I am unable to converse for the opposite guys however social media could be a tough world in the mean time,” Boult instructed reporters.

“You may method anybody world wide. By way of our career as sports activities folks you might be within the limelight continuous. It’s important to watch out with what you might be placing on the market I suppose.

“We’re clearly leaders on this planet, position fashions for lots of youngsters and followers world wide. There may be numerous accountability. It is a tough one, you must very cautious.”

‘Been a very long time’

After the drawn opening match, New Zealand can earn a primary Check sequence win in England since 1999 in the event that they emerge victorious at Edgbaston.

That may be the perfect preparation forward of their conflict with India within the inaugural World Check Championship last at Southampton from June 18.

“There is a chance to win a Check sequence in England. It has been a very long time. Trying ahead to the problem,” Boult stated.

“I believed the fellows performed tremendously nicely at Lord’s. The boys are gelling properly and hopefully it is going to be an enormous week.”

Boult missed the primary Check after opting to spend time together with his household following the Indian Premier League’s suspension.

The 31-year-old is anticipated to start out in Birmingham after becoming a member of the squad late final week.

“I am right here now and excited on the prospect of taking part in. I am dying to get on the market,” Boult stated.

“I have been taking part in continuous by way of the New Zealand summer season and the IPL. The physique feels good.”

Black Caps coach Gary Stead stated skipper Kane Williamson’s left elbow damage is being monitored and a choice can be made on Wednesday about his availability.

Williamson, the world’s primary ranked Check batsman, has been managing a tendon downside for a number of months and may very well be rested forward of the India showdown.

“His elbow continues to be niggling him a wee bit. He is had some extra therapy on that and we simply need to make certain the perfect factor for him is taking part in this match versus taking a bit extra time to be prepared,” stated Stead, who additionally revealed spinner Mitchell Santner is out with a reduce finger.

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Updated: June 9, 2021 — 5:25 am

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