ECB reprimands Rory Burns after Twitter spat with Alex Hartley

The argument began when the women's team left-arm spinner tweeted about the men's team early finish in the third Test against India at Ahmedabad.

Burns was left unamused by a tweet by Hartley-GETTY IMAGES

England Test opener Rory Burns was given a talking by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) officials after the southpaw engaged in a Twitter argument with women's team left-arm spinner Alex Hartley.

“Team management here in India have spoken with Rory," an ECB spokesperson confirmed to ESPNcricinfo

Following the men's team 10-wicket loss to India in the third Test in Ahmedabad on Thursday, Hartley had tweeted it was nice of the men's team to finish proceedings before the women's team played against New Zealand.

Burns, clearly unamused by Hartley's tweet, replied back, saying,  “Very disappointing attitude considering all the ‘boys’ do to support the Women’s game”. The tweet, however, was deleted later.

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Hartley posted another tweet on Friday, clarifying that her earlier tweet was not taken the right way.


Men's team head coach Chris Silverwood chose not to be drawn into the issue.

“It’s not for me to judge on that one. That will be dealt with back in England, obviously. For me, I don’t worry about things like that.

“I’ve got more on my plate this end to worry about. That’s what I’ll be encouraging the boys to do as well: keep their head in what’s happening here." he said.

The fourth and final Test of the series begins in Ahmedabad on Thursday.

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