The England cricket crew has an excessive amount of at stake within the second Take a look at in opposition to New Zealand to lose focus and get distracted by the Ollie Robinson tweets problem of the primary Take a look at, says its former captain Nasser Hussain.
The second Take a look at started at Edgbaston right here on Thursday. The primary match had resulted in a draw.
“I’ve little question that England’s cricketers will be capable of deal with the matter at hand at Edgbaston — successful a Take a look at sequence in opposition to New Zealand,” Hussain wrote in a column in Every day Mail.
“Sure, they’ve had lots to take care of because the Ollie Robinson tweets emerged. However these guys are professionals and there is an excessive amount of at stake from a cricketing viewpoint for them to be distracted. There are locations to play for and five-Take a look at sequence in opposition to India and Australia on the horizon,” he mentioned.
Hussain expects Root to to not carry the tweet controversy surrounding pacer Robinson within the first Take a look at into the second.
“I do not for one minute count on Joe Root to hold the troubles of the previous few days into the sport,” he wrote.
“I do know from expertise that off-field issues generally is a burden whenever you’re captain. My crew spent loads of the 2003 World Cup coping with whether or not we must always play Zimbabwe due to human-rights abuses there. However I used to be nearing the top of my time within the job and I used to be operating out of gasoline.”
Root, nonetheless, just isn’t on the finish of his captaincy profession, identified Hussain.
“Root just isn’t at that stage as a frontrunner. He is solely 30, it is the beginning of the summer season and England are about to play at one in every of their favorite venues in entrance of 17,000 followers. Jimmy Anderson is about to turn out to be England’s most-capped participant. Above all, the captain will probably be excited,” he mentioned.
“One of many keys as a frontrunner is to have a transparent thoughts in regards to the cricketing selections you have to make. Root’s focus will very a lot be on what sort of crew he desires in opposition to a New Zealand aspect lacking their skipper Kane Williamson and who could have one eye on subsequent week’s World Take a look at Championship ultimate in opposition to India.”
Pacer Robinson made his Take a look at debut within the first Take a look at at Lord’s final week. Concurrently, a few of his 2012 and 2013 tweets, filled with racists and sexist connotations, surfaced. Though he took seven wickets within the first Take a look at, the England and Wales Cricket Board suspended him and initiated a disciplinary investigation.
On Thursday, England gained the toss and elected to bat within the second Take a look at in opposition to a New Zealand crew that made six adjustments to the XI that performed the primary Take a look at final week.