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England Vs New Zealand, 2nd Test: Hosts will cope with social media storm, says Trent Boult
Trent Boult believes England will be able to cope with the distraction of their social media storm when they face New Zealand in the decisive second Test on Thursday. England's Ollie Robinson was suspended after racist and sexist tweets posted by the paceman in 2012 and 2013 emerged during the first Test at Lord's. The controversy escalated on Monday when the England and Wales Cricket Board revealed they were investigating a second unidentified England player for posting "historic offensive material" on social media.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden criticized the ECB's hardline stance as the row rumbled on.
But the spotlight will be on Joe Root's side, who stood together in a 'moment of unity' against all forms of discrimination just before the Robinson news broke.
Asked if the issue would put England at a disadvantage when they face New Zealand at Edgbaston, Black Caps seamer Boult said: "I don't think they will be too distracted. A few things are going on the sidelines. "I'm sure they will be on the ball. They will be desperate to put in a good performance.