England opener, Rory Burns is not having a pleasant time on the tour of India. The left-hander was dropped from the side after his scores of 33,0, 0, and 25 in the first two Tests. Burns landed in an off-field controversy with a tussle on Twitter with one of England’s female cricketer, Alexandra Hartley.
After England’s 10-wicket loss to India in the day-night Test match in Ahmedabad, on Thursday, the left-arm spinner, Hartley, jokingly tweeted “Nice of the England boys to get this test match finished just before England Women play tonight.”
England women’s team was scheduled to take on New Zealand’s women team late in the day.
However, this tweet from Hartley, who is not part of the current England team, was not received well from a section of people – including cricketers such as Ben Duckett, Chris Rushworth, and Rory Burns himself.
Burns then quoted Hartley’s tweet saying, “Very disappointing attitude considering all the ‘boys’ do to support the Women’s game.”
Not only Burns but his teammates and senior players, James Anderson and Ben Stokes also seemed to be unhappy with Hartley’s comments as they liked the tweet from the opener.
Rory Burns reminded of his responsibilities by the ECB
Rory Burns was quick to take down his tweet, which seemed to be a direction from the management, as coach Chris Silverwood said the issue was being “dealt with back in England”.
“We recognise the influence high profile people have on social media and have reminded Rory of his responsibilities,” an ECB spokesperson later told the Guardian.
Looking at the reaction received from her tweet, Hartley replied to Burns stating that people have misinterpreted her tweet.
“Think it’s been taken the wrong way/out of context. No offence was meant. We are all test match fans,” she replied Rory Burns.
Think it’s been taken the wrong way/out of context. No offence was meant. We are all test match fans pic.twitter.com/NIJU8QM2Xi
— Alexandra Hartley (@AlexHartley93) February 25, 2021
Speaking of the England men’s team, after suffering the loss in Ahmedabad, they are no more in contention for a place in the final of the World Test Championship. But they can play spoil-sport for India if they manage to defeat the hosts in the fourth Test, in that case, Tim Paine’s Australia will qualify for the final to face New Zealand at Lord’s.