England’s cricket team has too many bets in the second test against New Zealand to lose focus and be distracted by the release of Olli Robinson’s tweets from the first test, says its former captain Nasser Hussein.
The second test began in Edgbaston here on Thursday. The first match ended in a draw.
“I have no doubt that cricketers in England will be able to focus on the issue at Edgbaston – winning a test series against New Zealand,” Hussein wrote in a column in the Daily Mail.
“Yes, they’ve had a lot to do since Olli Robinson’s tweets came out. But these guys are professionals and there’s too much cricket betting to distract. Test series against India and Australia on the horizon “, he said.
Hussein expects Ruth not to postpone the dispute over Twitter Robinson in the first test in the second.
“I do not expect for a minute Joe Koren to bring the problems of the last few days into the game, “he wrote.
“I know from experience that off-field issues can be a burden when you are captain. My team spent much of the 2003 World Cup dealing with the question of whether to play in Zimbabwe due to human rights violations there. But I I was nearing the end of my job and I was out of fuel. “
However, Ruth is not at the end of her captaincy, Hussein said.
“Ruth is not at this stage as a leader. He is only 30, he is at the beginning of the summer and England is about to play in one of his favorite places in front of 17,000 fans. Jimmy Anderson will become the most limited player in England “Above all, the captain will be excited,” he said.
“One of the key factors as a leader is to have a clear mind about the cricket decisions you have to make. The focus will be very much on what team he wants against a country that New Zealand lacks. Kane Williamson and who can have an eye for next week’s World Cup final against India. “
Pacer Robinson made his test debut in Lord’s first test last week. At the same time, some of his tweets appeared in 2012 and 2013, full of racist and sexist connotations. Although he took seven wickets in the first test, the England and Wales Cricket Council stopped him and launched a disciplinary investigation.
On Thursday, England won the throw and chose to fight in the second test against a team from New Zealand, which made six changes in the XI, which played the first test last week.