Eoin Morgan: My messages on Twitter not racist, taken out of context

The England captain says the use of the word 'sir' is a sign of respect and that there's nothing racist about some of his controversial posts on Twitter.

Eoin Morgan at a practice session at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff, on June 21. - GETTY IMAGES

Dismissing accusations of racism against him, England's World Cup-winning captain Eoin Morgan said his posts on Twitter, in which he allegedly mocks Indians, have been "taken out of context."

Earlier this month, Ollie Robinson was suspended by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) for his racist and sexist tweets dating back to 2012-13. Soon after, posts, in which Morgan and wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler used the word 'sir' to mock the Indians, started doing the rounds on social media.

"I don't really reflect on it a lot," Morgan told reporters ahead of England's white-ball series against Sri Lanka in Cardiff on Wednesday.

"If I call somebody 'sir' on social media, or anywhere around the world, it's a sign of admiration and respect. If that's taken out of context there's nothing I can control or do about it. So I haven't actually looked into it," he added.

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In light of the events, the ECB had promised "relevant and appropriate action," saying each case will be considered on an individual basis.

Screenshots of a message by Buttler in which he says "I always reply sir no1 else like me like you like me" had been shared on Twitter.

In another post which was also circulating on social media, Morgan includes Buttler in a message which says, "Sir you're my favourite batsman." They were allegedly joined by Kolkata Knight Riders head coach Brendon McCullum in this conversation.

Buttler and Morgan both feature in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Buttler plays for Rajasthan Royals and Morgan for Kolkata Knight Riders.

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