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CRICKET: England captain Joe Root responded to racism row ahead of second Test

CRICKET: England captain Joe Root responded to racism row ahead of second Test

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England captain Joe Root responded to the racism row ahead of the second Test Match against New Zealand at Edgbaston after more historic tweets were uncovered.

England’s bowler Ollie Robinson was suspended by the ECB after racist tweets emerged from 2012 and 2013 and on Thursday, the ECB confirmed that it is currently investigating ‘a number of historical social media posts by other individuals’.

Root has had the tricky task in recent days, balancing the usual sporting demands he faces as a batsman and captain as well as dealing with the outside pressures invited by an off-field drama which has even attracted the attention of the Prime Minister.

And he is determined to keep doing both parts to the best of his ability.

“It’s been an uncomfortable week for everyone,” he said.

“We want to try and make positive change in our sport. We want to make it a better place. Of course there have been some uncomfortable things come to light over the past week and we have to own that and accept that.

“As a team we will continue to talk about it because it’s important but as professionals we know we have a job to do this week.

“When we start training our full focus is preparing for that Test match and making sure by the start of the game, we are fully engaged in playing at the top of our individual games and collectively, very much ready to take on New Zealand.”

Root has also confirmed that England will once again take part in a ‘moment of unity’ and wear anti-discrimination t-shirts at the start of Thursday’s second Test.

Root has made it clear his side will make another public gesture at Edgbaston.

“Yes, we will. We have committed to making a positive change in our sport. That doesn’t change just because of what’s happened. We have to face up to things.”

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