NZ cricketers, players, fans to boycott England in ‘unprecedented’ game
New Zealand cricketer Adam Milne has said the nation will not bow out of a Test series until the English bowler is given a one-match ban.
The All Blacks will be playing the West Indies in Dunedin on Sunday.
Milne said he had spoken to England’s England coach, Stuart Lancaster, and had agreed to the ban if England’s captain, Joe Root, could be spared.
“It’s an unprecedented situation,” Milne said.
He was referring to the way Root has been treated during the Test series in England.
On Friday, Root was banned for two weeks for an altercation with a fan in an alleyway during the final Test of the tour.
In the last Test, Root apologised and agreed to leave the pitch in the first innings of the second Test in Cardiff.
England’s Chris Woakes and Adam Gilchrist both have been given bans for the same incident.
Milne, who is part of England’s tour squad, said he was disappointed by the English move.
“It was my way of saying I don’t agree with the behaviour of some of the England players,” Milane said.
I’m sure there are other people in the media who feel that way.””
I just think it’s a disgrace and I don-t think I’m the only one that thinks that.”
I’m sure there are other people in the media who feel that way.
“England should take the decision they want.
They should not be trying to dictate the way I feel.
I’ve said it before.
I will not go back and bow out.
I’m not going to bow out and not go forward.”
Milane, who plays for the Wests Tigers, said the two sides were playing for their countries pride, and he hoped Root would not be punished.
New Zealand is a member of the Six Nations.
However, the Test tour to England ended in a draw on Saturday with England winning the toss in the third Test.
England has won eight of nine Tests at Lord’s.
Stuart Lancaster has faced criticism over the way he has treated Root during the series, with Root and his team-mates not getting out of the dressing room for the first Test in Leeds on Saturday.
England won the Test by eight wickets in Cardiff, but lost the third.
Lancaster said he would not bow Root out, and that the only reason he did was because Root had been punished by England for an incident during the third-test match in England on Wednesday.
Root said after the match he did not agree with how the England captain had been treated, and said the England coach had “put me in a situation where I didn’t know what to do”.
“I didn’t want to go into it and say I’m going to say no,” Root said.
“But if it means he gets a one week ban and it’s the way the game is being played, I’m fine with that.”
Lance has faced a growing number of controversies since taking over as England’s head coach, with his England captain, Ben Stokes, suspended by the ICC following a video of Stokes allegedly saying racist words about an African player.