Burns and Duckett slam Hartley for taking a dig at England batsmen
England players had a bad day at the office against India in the third Test match at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. In the wake of England’s dismal display against the hosts, some England players were involved in a bitter banter that caught the attention of the fans.
England were reduced to 112 and 81 in the first and second innings respectively as they set a target of just 49. India chased down the target by 10 wickets and ended the pink-ball Test within 2 days.
Axar Patel was the pick of the bowlers as he took 6 wickets in the first innings and he followed it up with 5 wickets in the second innings. He was named the man of the match for his supreme bowling display.
Ravi Ashwin ended up with 7 wickets in the match and also became the second-fastest cricketer after Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan to take 400 Test wickets in 77 matches.
Alex Hartley pokes fun at England’s batting unit
When a team lost the match, it is important to back the team no matter how hard the situation. It is not good to take a dig at the losing team. But England’s woman cricketer Alex Hartley poked fun at the England batsmen as they succumbed to India’s bowling attack.
It all started when Alexandra Hartley took to her official Twitter handle and wrote: “Nice of the England boys to get this test match finished just before England Women play tonight????????.”
Nice of the England boys to get this test match finished just before England Women play tonight ????????
— Alexandra Hartley (@AlexHartley93) February 25, 2021
Rory Burns and Ben Duckket react to Hartley’s tweet:
While fans didn’t react to Hartley’s tweet, England men cricketers namely Rory Burns and Ben Duckket took it seriously as they found it as an offensive tweet. Burns responded to Hartley’s post by writing: “Very disappointing attitude considering all the boys do to support the women’s game.”
Later on, the cricketer deleted the tweet. Here’s the screenshot below:
Meanwhile, Ben Duckett also came up with his post on his official Twitter handle. He wrote: “Average tweet. Don’t think any of the men’s team would have been “Clapping hands signClapping hands signClapping hands sign” if the women lost.
Here’s the tweet below:
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
England are out of the ICC World Test Championship final after they lost the pink-ball Test. On the contrary, Team India have a great chance of qualifying for the Test final if they manage to win or settle for a draw in the series decider. The fourth and final Test will be played at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on March 4 (Thursday).