Ollie Robinson misses second test against New Zealand as ECB announces England star to be banned from ALL international cricket pending outcome of investigation into historical racist and sexist tweets… while Joe Root calls behavior ‘unacceptable’
- Ollie Robinson misses second test against New Zealand, ECB confirms
- 27-year-old was embarrassed after unearthing historically offensive tweets
- The bowler has been suspended amid ECB investigation into the case
- Captain Joe Root said the racist and sexist tweets were ‘unacceptable’
England have banned fast bowler Ollie Robinson from all international cricket for posting racist and sexist tweets nearly a decade ago, with captain Joe Root describing his debuting fast bowler’s behavior as ‘unacceptable’.
Robinson will miss the second test against New Zealand in Edgbaston on Thursday, with the potential for further penalties if the ECB’s integrity department tries to determine if he had any form of county contract when he posted the messages on social media in 2012 2013.
If he did, his case will be heard by the independent Cricket Discipline Commission. If not, the ECB will take the lead. He can still play for Sussex, with whom he has a separate employment contract.
Ollie Robinson will miss second test against New Zealand, ECB has confirmed
27-year-old was embarrassed after unearthing historic racist and sexist tweets
The news came less than two hours after a first Test pulled at Lord’s, with Root admitting he “couldn’t believe it” when told about the tweets on Wednesday night.
“Ollie has learned a hard lesson,” said the England captain.
“It is unacceptable what he has done. He’s been at the forefront of the dressing room and the world, and has shown remorse, but we have to keep trying to learn and educate as much as possible, and make the game as diverse as possible.
“We’re not saying the team is perfect, but we’re always trying to improve.”
When asked what his reaction was when he heard about the tweets after the first day of play, Root replied: “I personally couldn’t believe them. I didn’t really know how to take it.
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“But I think the most important thing is that Ollie is part of the dressing room and we had to support him. We had to do everything we could to give him the opportunity to learn and understand that he needs to do better.”
Meanwhile, Root defended his team’s approach after his counterpart Kane Williamson boldly put them 273 in 75 to take a 1-0 lead in Thursday’s second Test in Edgbaston.
With opener Dom Sibley making an unbeaten 60 from 207 balls, England reached 170 for three before shaking hands.
“It was a tough wicket with a bit of bouncing up and down, and we didn’t have the time we needed to go after that goal,” Root said. “It was the conditions, because we have the talent in the dressing room to take the points.
Joe Root labeled the tweets “unacceptable” on Wednesday, saying he “couldn’t believe it”
“At first it seemed like a pretty generous statement, but after playing that wicket for days, we knew it wasn’t going to be easy.”
Root said England finally settled for a show of discipline after a first innings performance in which ‘there were a lot of layoffs that weren’t good enough for Test cricket’.
When asked about England’s approach, Williamson was diplomatic. “I suppose they were trying to get a sense of the surface,” he said. “Had it not been for that lost day we would have seen a fantastic conclusion to what was a very good game of cricket.”