England opener Rory Burns has hit back at their women's national team player Alexandra Hartley for making fun of their Pink-ball Test defeat in Ahmedabad on Thursday.
Hartley, who has played 28 ODIs and 4 T20Is for the women's team, tweeted a tongue-in-cheek remark about England's defeat inside 2 days of the third Test against India but that did not go down well with Burns, who played the first two Tests in Chennai earlier this month.
"Nice of the England boys to get this test match finished just before England Women play tonight," Harltey tweeted.— Alexandra Hartley (@AlexHartley93) February 25, 2021
But Burns was quick to reply on it saying: “Very disappointing attitude considering all the ‘boys’ do to support the women’s game.”
Burns's tweet was liked by his teammates Ben Stokes and James Anderson, who were part of the third Test at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Motera.
A few other English cricketers also slammed Harltey's distasteful tweet.
"Average tweet. Don’t think any of the men’s team would have been if the women lost," Ben Duckett tweeted.
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
"It’s not her best tweet is it Ben. I also think it’s not banter either. In my opinion very disrespectful towards the boys," Samit Patel tweeted.
It’s not her best tweet is it Ben. I also think it’s not banter either. In my opinion very disrespectful towards the boys.— Samit Patel (@Samitpatel21) February 25, 2021
India and England played out the shortest completed Test match since 1935 with the hosts winning the match by 10 wickets in the final session on Day 2 to go 2-1 up in the four-match series.
Spinners claimed 28 of the 30 wickets that fell in five sessions with Axar Patel returning the best figures by a bowler in a day-night Test with 11 for 70.
The defeat also knocked England out of the ICC World Test Championship. India need only a draw to qualify for the WTC final, for which New Zealand have already qualified.