Heather Knight says Ollie Robinson’s suspension from international cricket for a series of historic tweets has been a “learning opportunity” for her England team before they face India next week.
“What has happened over the last week is a very clear reminder of the role models that we are and the responsibility we have as England cricketers to positively impact and represent the sport, and what we want the sport to do. . be, in very good light, ”said the captain.
“It really should go without saying that cricket should be a game for everyone and it should be inclusive and welcoming, and everyone should feel like they can participate. If there is an 18-year-old now who realizes that that kind of opinion is not acceptable, then I think that can only be positive. “
Knight hoped that the addition of Sophia Dunkley to the team of centrally recruited England players would help send a positive message. Dunkley is the first non-white player to have a center contract since they were introduced in May 2014, and only the second black woman, after Ebony Rainford-Brent, to play for England.
“I’m sure Sophia doesn’t see herself as a role model, but she is very much a role model,” Knight said. “That is really important. We talk a lot in women’s sports about how you can’t be what you can’t see, that’s similar in the Dunks situation. I am absolutely happy for her: she is a great girl, she works very hard and I hope she makes the most of this opportunity ”.
England’s team for next week’s women’s event against India in Bristol includes 23-year-old seamstress Emily Arlott.
Central Sparks’ Arlott has been inducted on the back of a spectacular quad maiden in the third round of the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy. To reach the final XI, she faces stiff competition: Anya Shrubsole, who missed England’s winter tour in New Zealand due to a knee injury, is now back in top form, while Freya Davies, Tash Farrant and Kate Cross, who shared the closing third place with each other over the winter, have all enjoyed a good start to the season.
The inclusion of Arlott would indicate a more offensive strategy on England’s part in a match that will be the first ashless test since 2014 and a unique opportunity for Knight and his team to hit the target. The last two women’s events, in 2017 and 2019, ended in a draw.
“Our main job as England cricketers is to win, but our job is also to entertain,” Knight said. “We always want to put on a show, especially since we haven’t had fans for so long. India is a very strong team and it will be difficult to beat, so I hope it will be entertaining to watch.
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism