England Men’s and Women’s cricketers have found themselves embroiled in an ugly Twitter spat on a day when the former suffered the ignominy of a ten-wicket defeat to India in the pink-ball Test within two days.
It all happened when England women’s cricketer Alexendra Hartley decided to promote the Women’s ODI between England and White-Ferns, scheduled to take place in Dunedin on Friday.
The problem was the manner in which Hartley framed the tweet. In her tweet, Hartley, who is not a part of the England Women’s team that is playing in New Zealand currently, looked like taking a cheeky dig at her counterparts for their ten-wicket drubbing against India.
“Nice of the England boys to get this test match finished just before England Women play tonight” with the clapping emoticon before adding “Catch them on @btsportcricket
Nice of the England boys to get this test match finished just before England Women play tonight 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽
— Alexandra Hartley (@AlexHartley93) February 25, 2021
The tweet clearly didn’t go down well with Test opener Rory Burns, who hit back by writing-“Very disappointing attitude considering all the boys do to support the Women’s game.” The tweet by liked by James Anderson and Ben Stokes.
Burns, fearing backlash, proceeded to delete his reply shortly. However, Rory Burns wasn’t the only men’s cricketer who took offense to Alexandra Hartley’s tweet.
Former English international Ben Duckett hit back at Hartley, iterating that it was an ‘average tweet’
“Average tweet. Don’t think any of the men’s team would have been “👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼” if the women lost,”
Average tweet. Don’t think any of the men’s team would have been “👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼” if the women lost. https://t.co/4dgW7NMEeM
— Ben Duckett (@BenDuckett1) February 25, 2021
Unlike Rory Burns, Ben Duckett is yet to delete his tweet. The Twitter brawl rounded off what was a forgettable day for English cricket as its men’s team capitulated to a ten-wicket defeat against India at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.
After Joe Root’s stunning and scarcely believable five-wicket haul had helped England make a comeback in the third Test, the visitors handed the initiative back in stunning fashion as they were knocked over for 81 in their second innings.
That meant, India had to chase just 49 runs to take a 2-1 lead in the four-match series, which they duly did thanks to the belligerence of Rohit Sharma.
Meanwhile, England Women notched up a commanding seven-wicket win in the second ODI against the White Ferns in Dunedin after they successfully chased down 192 in 37.4 overs.